My last boat had teak
decks. They needed to be recaulked every few years. It was a lot of work, but not the end of the world. I did it. I hated doing it because it is 'running in place' maintenance-- a big time consuming project
that was a distraction from more important things. Every time I did it, I had a list of things I felt were more critical to do.
From the photos, those teak decks look to be in pretty good shape. Like someone has recaulked and fixed the plugs that popped out in the last year or so.
Some folks with teak decks will just rip them off. A handful of owners of my previous boat did that. That's also a big project
, but, maybe only about as much work as recaulking the decks. And then you are done and never have to do it again. A user here, Minaret, is, like, a god at this kind of boat project. And he is not far from you. Maybe he could give you tips, though he may just tell you how to do a better job than you want to do.
A boom that can hit you in the head
is not ideal. Did you measure the height with the sail up? It may be that it was stored with the topping lift
not as pulled in as it could be, and that with the sail raised, it'll be a few inches higher. I'm not sure how much it'd cost to get the sail cut a little (and raised) in your area, but it may not be much, compared to the cost of the boat. You could ask a local sailmaker
A 'head whacking' boom is not something that'd keep me from getting a boat. But it would be a strike against it. You can be more conscientious with preventers and ducking. The boom on my first boat could whack me in the head
if I was standing all the way forward. I was never whacked. I would still duck when I jibed, even if I was standing far enough back to be out of it's kill zone.
Both of my boat fridges have leaked cold around the lid. We [ghetto] fix this by putting a cut up foam pool float (or thick yoga mat or even towel) on top of the lid. This works. The bottom side of the foam is very cold when we lift
it. More conscientious people probably make a new lid. That's not too big a deal to someone who is handy. If you're not handy now, you soon will be. So I wouldn't worry about this.
Sorry, I don't know anything about how that boat sails
. That's probably the most important thing. Well, that and love. I think it's really important for the boat to make your heart go pitter patter. You have to like the lines. Because eventually it will make you mad. But if, even in the depths of recaulking the decks in the hot tropical sun, with cuts in your hands and black goop stuck in the hair of your arms and your knees aching from bending over on deck
and sweat stinging your eyes and the back of your neck sunburned -- you can dinghy
away from her and look back at her and just smile at the way she is beautiful as she floats at anchor
and remember the amazing life and experiences she's helped you create and joined you with -- well, then you won't hate her so much that day. That's important. Don't buy a boat you think is ugly.