Originally Posted by CaptForce
When it comes to buying
an older boat I think it is wise to pay more attention to the individual boat than the manufacturer. Just as an example, my 1973 Morgan
has been mine since 1985 and I've put much care and maintenance
into it, replacing and refitting things numerous times over the years. It's given us about 75K easy miles and I expect many more; however, many far newer Morgan
OI 41's that I've seen are suffering from neglect and near worthless. Each older boat has a history
that can be far more important than the original production.
I agree totally.
The boats I've owned have been constantly upgraded and maintained, with all the deck hardware
being rebedded at reasonable intervals to prevent leakage, wiring
, mechanicals and systems inspected and serviced annualy and replaced when needed, before it fails. OK, before it fails most of the time, some parts
, especially electronics
can fail unexpectedly.
Just inspecting the rigging
on a regular basis has saved me thousands when I've found a weak link in need of replacement before it failed and took the mast
The chronilogical age of a boat is not always a reflection of the condition, I've been on boats that were 30 years that were in excellent condition and been on 5 year old boats that scared me, it all depends on the maintenance
age has produced hulls that last a long time but the rest of the boat doesn't unless properly maintained.
That said, some were built better than others originally, more expensive boats tended to be better taken care of, most of the time, some were just stinkers to start with but most of those tended to disappear more quickly.
It's like Classic Rock, most tend to forget the crap that was also playing at the time and talk about how much better the music
was way back when, the reality is that most of the real crap doesn't get played, just the stuff that stood the test of time.
Now, like back then, there are many good models, and some stinkers, you just have to do your homework.