The cored decks are usually bad as the screws worked loose over a number of years on the teak decking.
The spars are normally wood
- spruce and always suspect to what is going on beneath the varnish.
The ballast is normally suspect as a lot of the Taiwan
boats re-used what they had available with old iron and concrete being popular. Not to pick on them as they were not the only ones to do it.
If the boat
has the original iron tanks
, you can plan on replacing those as well.
That being said, the CT's were great designs and some built very well. Finding one that has gone through a deck
re-core and re-glass as well as conversion to aluminum
spars will probably yield a good boat for years to come. Otherwise, those items are very expensive part of a refit
and the boat is definitely close to a one to one boat (one hour of maintenance
for every hour of sailing.)
If you go aboard an old Taiwan
boat and it smells of rot
and old diesel
, be sure to pay extra and wait for a good surveyor