Originally Posted by danboy
Sorry, I can't help with your question. I'm hoping you can help me. I'm looking at a 1984 38PT and am interested in any issues with these boats such as: are the wood decks prone to leaking? Are there weak spots to check out? Windows goos or prone to leak, etc. Any thoughts from you or any other owners would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Of course there are leaking problems with any boat of that age. Look at the interior for staining around the windows, or places where water may have run down the walls. Tap around every opening on the exterior of the boat.
Water intrusion is the sworn enemy of old trawlers. If itís minor and kept up on, it wonít be a huge deal. If itís been let go, be prepared for a ton of work or money spent.
Wood decks, while nice to walk on, are a real problem when they leak. If the boat was boathouse kept they might be ok though.
Get a surveyor to look at it for you. Iíve had good luck making a relationship with local surveyors to come in to do initial inspections to see if I wanted to go ahead with a comprehensive survey. Surveyors have a unique perspective and see things even experienced boaters might miss.