I would guess, at least foregoing a major blister issue, that the fiberglass will outlive everything else. Caveat of course is: was the design and build strong enough to keep from cracking the layup
? This is probably more important in a cat... but also may be more evident if issues are occurring....
Everything else other than the hull
is suspect the older the boat gets. I was looking at a couple of boats the other day and the broker happened to show me an old Ericson
. He said he was recomending the owner lower the price
to $7-8K as the boat had been sitting for a few years and needed a lot of work. Then he said he was thinking of getting the owner to let him use it for the summer if he fixed a "few things" and they could split the increased revenue.... his stated list went like this:
Repair cracked rudder
Replace cutlass bearing and prop
Install larger self tailing
floor was falling apart-replace.
smelled so bad It was hard to open the door... old head
of a plastic model I've never seen.
Replace stinky cushion coverings..
Bottom was apparantly epoxied years ago... no blisters
but the bottom paint
was coming off in big chunks... appears the epoxy
wasnt sanded or primered prior to paint
was an old diesl that reportedly ran good... hoses were very old and engine
had a lot of exterior rust.
and under settee storage
was stained black. Looked like engine oil
Get the picture? That boat, although it looked pretty good generally and was likely a solid hull... couldnt be made "good" within the limits of it's "repaired" value even if it was free! Had two new sails
and nice dingy davits