I have owned a First 32 1984 from new. I sail on fresh water
so life is a little easier than salt water
. Mostly the boat has held up well, nothing has broken but weak points are the iron keel
which tends to rust and need thorough recovering from time to time (twice in 30 years). The rudder
and needs attention and the propeller
strut is very weak and needs reinforcing.
Boat has had very little osmosis
and the deck
is strong except around the anchor locker
liners outside of the main cabin
deteriorate and I have simply painted white rather than trying to replace material.
One of the great things about the boat is that it is simple - no fancy electronics
systems. Reliable and relatively inexpensive to maintain.