Many of the 29 details on the Web apply mostly to later years. Our '79 has a Yanmar
YSM 12- single
. Vibration is an issue with that engine
so check motor
mounts. Comes with a hand crank to start it with!
Early models did not have the forward bulkhead properly mounted to the cabin
top (bulkhead with the head
door). Squeaks badly in waves, potential structural issue in really heavy weather
. Fairly easy fix.
Ours does not have the opening hatch
above the engine on the cockpit
sole. Boat could have either wheel
or tiller steering
, short or extended bowsprit
. If extended check for rot
Ours has spent at least 8 years on the hard
during its life- 6 straight years in one instance, engine fired immediately when we bought it after 2 years sitting in a parking lot.
pools on the aft deck- check hull
sides of quarter berths for water
Boat is slooow. Cutter
rig is not so efficient for the size of the boat, but shallow draft
allows some shortcuts that the deeper guys cannot take.
Don't buy one if you want to be a loner at the marina. We have a green hull
and shiny bright work, and constantly have dock
walkers stopping to ask about it.