Congratulations! I own Hull # 1, built in 1960 in Werkspoor, Holland
. You have a very solid boat and should have no worries about the hull to deck
joint. It is very solid, tight, and doesnt flex. In general, the construction and scantlings are excellent, adn the boat is sea-friendly adn points very well. And, she'll get you lots of compliments.
At 53 years old, your boat will need TLC, and since you got a great price
you should give it some extra love. I repowered mine with a 16hp Beta Marine
, re-bedded the chain plates, put in a new gas tank, new head
, new headsail, windlass
, rebuilt the rudder
(damaged), put in a nav-system & auto-tiller, new self tailing
winches, new standing rigging
, new barrier coat, new through-hulls, and just last year gave her new awl-grip. Go slowly, but maintain the essential infrastructure.
Do not waste your money
putting in a wheel
- stick with the tiller! A wheel will cause other issues and will cost a lot - I asked about it and was persuaded not to do it by a real pro. Don't spend money on eye candy until you take care of the vital necessities - check your through-hulls, stuffing box, bilge pump
, stays, etc.
You own a really great boat, but she will need some proper care. Enjoy,