found this passage
on-line, see below. i am genuinely interested in real stories and actual known items about the Lancer 40. The LOA
says 39.5ft or 40ft but some refer to it as 42ft? Swimdeck not in the LOA
"... I think the test of time tells us that good examples of these boats actually have a lot less issues than many boats that have much higher resale values. I certainly feel safer thinking about striking a deadhead or other floating debris while surfing down a wave in my Lancer than I would in an awful lot of brand new factory boats. I've always had rugged boats (Cygnus 20, Hinterholler Shark 24, Haida 26) and the Lancer 36, while comparatively lightweight, is pretty well-built from a structural perspective.
By comparison, I've been on 2 year-old boats in Charter
fleets (Bavaria for instance) that had enormous voids in between the gelcoat
and fibreglass, that had 'popped' when stricken. Not impressive compared to a bit of crazing after 28 years...
The upshot IMHO is that Lancers don't have as good a reputation as they deserve, and are hence, often priced below the market for a boat of similar quality. This is great from a buyer's point of view, not as great from a seller's. I'd suggest that before purchasing
any boat, you look at a number of similar boats in the price
/ age / size range so that you can get a good levelset of how the market values the boats and what you can expect for your money
. Then look at as many examples of the specific model that you are most tempted by to get an idea of pricing from one specific boat to the next. Overall, I am very pleased by how this boat performs and by the overall build quality. But then again, I am the sort of fellow who would rather drive a 20 year old Mercedes than get behind the wheel
of a brand new Kia. Just my 2 cents' worth..."