Hello SkiprJohn, It is hard to say anything about conditions of this boat at this moment. She was built in 1979. I have just sailed her for a few hours motoring, because of lack of wind
, from a marina to the point where it was hauled out for surveying. The only sure thing I noticed that her bottom was covered with blisters
that disappeared after a half an hour on the hard
. It was a lesson for me that not always bottom that looked satisfactory when you inspected a boat after some time on the hard
is going to be the same when you sail her. On my boat the bottom has to be stripped to the bare fiberglass
and dried before beginning of the winter.
The boat has been used for a few years without proper (if any) maintenance
. Almost everything is affected. However, the interior
of this boat, sails
are in good shape. I also think that her windows are a week point, they are leaking. As she was not intended to be a blue water
boat she was built with comfort in mind - her salon
is roomy. The only thing that struck me is the lack of ventilation. This boat does not have any kind of air exchange if hatches are closed.
IMHO if Islander is maintained properly it will be a great and comfortable boat to sail ... as an island hopper. I will update you after I sail her home.