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Old 07-06-2016, 06:55 PM   #9
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City: Kingsville, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Ride
Vessel Model: Albin 36 D/C Hull 46 Dec 1978
Join Date: Mar 2016
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Denise - I did what you are getting ready to do. Older boats are fine as long as they are seaworthy and mechanically sound. You may have to do a lot of clean up and bright work, but that is all of the experience of an older vessel. We bought a '78 Albin Double Cabin that needed appearance work. It rides well and is very stable, and the hull is not a cored hull - which was a reason I avoided another boat that we seriously considered. Do your homework and get a good survey and make sure your contract is contingent on survey and sea trial.

We looked for an older boat on purpose because we like the appearance more than the newer boats, and didn't mind the work. Keep in mind something that I've read here - I look at this as a ten year plan, so I don't have to get everything finished this year.

Good luck.
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