The basics of this boat being from 1964, at 35 ft length and a 24 ft water
line leaves it potentially not such a great buy and clearly not a serious performer.
The biggest problem with Choy Lee's are the variations in quality especially the equipment
. It could be anything from maybe not too bad to hideous. The latter is more likely. Electrically anything from 1964 not 100% rewired should be. It may require removing a lot of the interior
to run all the new wires and secure them in place. Plumbing
should be included as well as inspection
of all tankage. Not that you could not do this but if the goal is to be sailing then maybe this isn't what you want. This boat needs a very careful survey
The large amount of wood may present you with many problems. At least living where you do the UV isn't as big a problem. A total refinish on this much wood is about a month long job (every day all day). You'll being doing it if not now then later and repeating it every 6 years or so.
You may do better with a newer boat for the same money
. That is perhaps the most compelling argument against it. It appears a lot has been done already to it but there could still be a lot more left. On the surface it looks good and has some nice refitting for the engine
, but the pictures are small resolution and not many showing the deck
, just the nice wood below.
Unless you have experience I really think a 1964 boat is not something you'll do well with compared to the alternatives. Some people love the old boats just to have them and day sail on them. I can appreciate the beauty and the desire to do such things. There are a lot of reasons for buying
any boat so making your goals line up with the boat is the key to enjoyment.
You could get a boat 20 years newer for the same money and avoid some of the really expensive upgrades. Just to throw out one number. Assume all the winches are shot (you will find no spare parts
any place for these). You could be looking at $6,000 just in the hardware
not to mention the process of installing them. That is just one minor item. The water and fuel tanks
might be a mess as well. Pulling those and replacing them is a big job.
seems suspect given there is little to no electrical
equipment aboard yet it carries two group 8 batteries. Something seems very odd.