Thanks for responding. Wow, how great that you still own and enjoy your Able!
I'm going to look at a 1987 Able 34 this week (which I understand is just a slightly "stretched" version of the 32):
Listing is here:
1987 Able Custom Sloop/Cutter Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
It seems like an incredibly good deal, even with the cost of shipping
it back East (I'm in Connecticut).
In fact, that's really my first concern; The old "if it's too good to be true, it probably is". The pictures look great, but...
In any case, by far my biggest concern is the teak decks. I've heard (and read on this site) nightmare stories about old, leaking, screwed-down teak decks. It seems like the the cost of replacing them (with new teak or something like Treadmaster) could easily exceed the asking cost of the boat. Do you have teak decks on your Able?
Would you happen to know whether the sub-decks are balsa? Plywood
Also, having only owned fixed-keel boats, the keel-centerboard and attendant mechanics for raising and lowering it are a little worrisome. In my research
I found that the stainless weldment that holds the pivot pin reportedly has a tendency to form cracks. What's been your experience with this? Is the mechanism robust? Dependable? Easy to use?
access seems very tight, which isn't uncommon in boats this size and vintage I suppose, but I'm just thinking how difficult it would be to re-power if necessary. Any thoughts?
Those are really the main initial physical issues. I'm sure I'll think of more. If any of the other systems need repair or replacement I can pretty much do them myself (other than big stuff like rigging
How does she sail? Handle under power? Do you have the cutter rig (assume a removable inner forestay?) I plan to sail mostly single-handed. Any quirks there?
Other than the above, I'd be very interested to hear about your experiences with the boat, any improvements you think would be worthwile and any other advice or things to especially look for when I go to see her.
These boats are so rare that it's really amazing to find a current
owner who can speak directly to their experiences.
Thanks in advance for your help and guidance.