At that age, a lot of boats are ready for repowering. You can easily spend 3x the purchase price
of the boat on a new diesel
, or twice that on electric
The good thing about 70's boats is most of them are built like tanks
. But you still need to inspect carefully for delamination
, rotting core
material, (decks mostly) and serious blistering.
attaches to aluminum mast
can have deep corrosion
. Check for that. Sometimes you can move attachment points a couple of inches to more sound aluminum
You will be spending a lot of $ on new sheaves and stuff. You want a lot more spares than you would have on a 10yo or newer boat.
ought to be replaced. Some of these old boats have the original stays and shrouds. More $.
You might want to renew your gelcoat
. More $. All plasic and rubber will want renewing. More $, now, or later.
Catch the general drift here?
If you keep it up, it won't depreciate. Its already done that. Like they said, it is the maintenance that will sometimes make you wonder if maybe a newer boat would be a better idea. That said, I like my old '76 built boat.