I am looking at various boats in the 40 - 45 ft category and stumbled across a few First 435s for sale
, which seem reasonably priced, all from the mid 80s......
I sailed on a First 40 in Race
Week in Antigua
in 1988, and presume they are pretty similar...... (although memory may be fading now!)
Before going to the expense of a full survey
, I would be keen to hear of any well know problems or issues that may apparent. Searching these forums
, I see a few comments on powerful rig,standing rigging
, iron keels etc.
What would the longevity of a Beneteau
from the 80's be like, assuming average use? What problems are people familiar with? Will a production boat from the mid 80s last indefinitely, or will is just become a nightmare for an owner in the next 5 - 10 years? I dont see too many mid 80s production boats for sale
which leads me to think that they either dont last, or they last so well that owners dont want to get rid of them!
Is it the sort of boat that will be a pit that I will just throw my money
into or would a sound 435 be a reasonable boat that will hold its value if well maintained?
I do have considerable experience, mostly racing
on smaller keelboats and extensive cruising (W Europe
, Atlantic curcuits etc) on mederate displacement
Advice from owners, or people with experience of the 435 would be most welcome.