I used to be the gent for these yachts.
I had a "special" 39ft pilot house built for us.
Check to see if the one you have purchased has a "double spreader" rig?
If so, you have bought our old boat.
I would think by now, if it is still floating, you have purchased one of the better built boats.
The bolt on keel
, "should" give you no problems, just check that there is that around the area where it bolts on, there are no arrears in the hull
that do not look right?
The balso core
sandwhich is an extremely strong hull set up "if" built correctly. When these yachts were built it was not unusual for them "not to be wetted out"
Check for any "bowing" of the compression
post, then look at the cabin sole
around the compression
post. You are looking for the mast
compressing the supporting material under the post. Not unusual.
sail drive, probably the 43hp model, turbocharged. Enough said?
The yacht will sail exceptionally well.
The good thing, is that most of them are old enough to have given enough owneres grief. By now they should be well and truly sorted out and would be a very good yacht, OR the opposite.
At least you did not get a shaft drive one?
Good luck and happy sailing.
I am willing to answer any of your questions and can probably supply some photos, etc.
Remember, they where all built to "special order" and the fit out was not the same in each one.