Hi. It's remarkable how some nice boats get banged up (hurricanes in the US in the main) or are left to rot
over the years. The boats in the latter category are sad cases and I often wonder what sort of owners these must have had over the years. In general, they don't appear to have had any maintenance
since launch as new, which makes them nearly worthless. I'm thinking of one in that category in Australia
I've seen recently - a nice cruising design called a Swanson 42 from the 1970s. In fair order, these boats still fetch $120 - $160,000 in Australia
. They are a good thing. The one I saw recently was from the mid 1970s, and was very sad indeed. Apart from apparently no or little maintenance
since launch, a recent owner has taken it upon himself to hack out the forward bulkhead (roughly) apparently to give himself some more leg room in the forward bunk. We have a smaller (36ft) version of the same marque from the same era and she's in good nick. We tend to be always upgrading something or doing the normal maintenance. Apart from anything else, the owners of this Swanson 42 over the years must have been comfortable with seeing the value of what was initially a lovely boat decline and decline. Puzzles me.