dcamp, the boat I was familiar with was larger, about 48+ feet, it had been stretched by the owner, but Norm Cross would come out every month to check on the progress. That's where I first met him. He would always tell me it wasn't too late to convert to a Cross. It became an inside joke. Norm was a very talented designer
As for the boat you are interested in, I assume it's a polyester resin over high density polyurethane
foam. Ask the builders if they have any core
samples from installing through hulls with a hole saw. That will give you a good clue as to the bonding of the inside skin, its glass thickness and lamination quality. As for the structural integrity, the Cross boats are strong in design. What type of keel
does it have? If it's the fin keel, see if you can identify where the "coke bottle" depression, near the fin keel, is located. Norm used an aircraft design trick in which the fuselage has a slight depression near the base of the wing ( the "area rule"). Another "go-fast" from Norm Cross. Otherwise, it's probably the low aspect, shallow water
cruising keel that many of his older boat designs featured. It's kind of like the Searunner
minikeel, but deeper. Norm used to design this style for a number of Pivers and other designs as an aftermarket improvement. I installed some on Pivers back then.
If you purchase
this boat, you will find out that Norm's boats don't generally have spreaders, as he preferred to run the shrouds and stays outboard
. It made sheeting the jib
a little tricky, but his rigs are strong.