An older boat should have the chain plates pulled, inspected and replaced if evidence of crevice corrosion
. You won't be able to see the corrosion
till the plates are out of the boat. Standing rigging
should be redone if swage fittings are more than about 10 years old. Sails
need to be flown and inspected to check for shape and condition. Old sails
aren't necessarily bad but if they've been out in the sun a lot and carried in too strong a wind
, even a fairly new sail can be crap.
If the engine
is the original salt water
, it may need a rebuild
was designed for use in salt water
so everything that touched salt water
is replacable, cylinders and heads, but parts
may be costly and hard to find. Engine is rebuildable in the boat except for the main bearings which could save you some time, effort and money
. Love those old Volvos especially since you can hand crank them which I did for 10 years.
The rest of the boat is probably pretty much bullet proof as long as it hasn't had long term leaks
. Bringing the interior
back could be a lot of spit and polish. Be careful of plywood
pieces as you could easily sand through the exterior veneer which will mean you'll have to paint
it to look good. That's a plus in my opinion as I like the Herreshoff look of painted flat surfaces and varnished trim. If the gel coat is getting porous and thin, you may want to repaint her. That is a costly undertaking if you have a yard do everything.
As far as value, check what the Hinckley Pilot 35s are selling for. They are a comparable boat from an equally respected builder
. If the boat is in rough conditon, wouldn't expect to pay much more than $20,000 as you could easily put that much and more into her. I've been redoing a Pearson
35 and it's amazing how much things add up even using Ebay and swap meets to buy most of the upgrades.
Newer boats have more interior volume though much of it is unusable for a sea boat. The worst thing is they are butt ugly with the emphasis on the butt. If they were a date, wouldn't take them anywhere I'd be seen in public.
As far as sailing ability, it's an S&S design. That says it all. Should go to weather
like a demon. Will do okay off the wind
but not a great surfer. Should have no handling issues and be a great sea boat.