It is hard to know without seeing the boat
. It could be a great boat
or a bad boat - with custom cats it is hard to tell.
I built my own cat and she is lighter and stronger than any equivalent 38ft cat. She is therefore faster. I think she is well built. My friend, who built his own Schionning, was amazed at the awful build quality of his previous production cat - bits of choppy used to hold mould halves together pushed into voids with a stick. His Schionning would be a great buy, carefully built by a real craftsman. There are others that would be less of a good buy.
Go carefully through the boat. Get into the dark places and check the condition of the structure, looking for black timber showing water
damage, or for other problems.
I reckon I can tell in a minute or two whether a boat has been built carefully. It could be something as simple as the edging of the glass tapes on bulkheads, or the way the holes have been drilled for the electrical
conduit. Does the epoxy
look thick and blemish free? Are the timber edges rounded over consistently? Are there any hairline cracks showing?
I would prefer a nice custom cat to most production cats, because they are lighter and faster for a certain price
and room point. But don't put too much emphasis on the electronics
, on a 1994 boat, they could all need replacing soon anyway. The bones are the important bits.