Originally Posted by Hawgwash
Can you make me a list?
Well lets exclude the woodies, even though some would say they were the best GB's ever made. They would be no worse than other wooden boats but still an on-going high maintenance boat. Not so bad if you can do the work yourself and like doing it.
As to an exhaustive list, that might be better obtained from the GB forum where there will also be advice on solutions. When I was looking at 42's there were several things that leapt out from inspections and surveys, and Blissboat just noted them. Once again, if you have the skills, time and inclination they wont break the bank to remedy. The cost killer is in the labour if you have the work done for you. But the thing is, even a GB with some of these issues can still bring strong prices relative to alternative boats, unless its been on the market for a long time and the owner is getting quite desperate to sell it.
The worst situation is when these repairs are botched. An owner or his friends glass-in the windows, fill-fair-paint etc. Sooner or later you will need to re-do those repairs properly, and in the meantime you will be doing R&M on numerous other on-board systems that were also temporarily patched or 'fixed' by folks that might have been well meaning but really did not know what they were doing. Electrical systems can be a scary one in this regard even though ex:factory they were pretty good. You ought to be able to pick up a lot of the obvious things, and a good surveyor ought not miss much as they already know what they are looking for better than you or I.
If you are going to buy, then pick one where the most common problems have already been properly repaired. You likely will be paying less than 50 cents in the dollar for those repairs, the owner will just have to take a hit. Then you will take a hit on doing the work still to be done. You only do it for love, and you and your partner should be fully aligned on that before starting. No doubt you will get enormous satisfaction out of it at the end. That makes it all worthwhile. Just don't look at it as an investment or do any financial analysis.