- Jun 2, 2012
- Portsmouth, NH
- Boat Make
- 35' Bruno Stillman
Issues that come to mind when I see a boat older than 15 years are:
gel coat fade
overall wear and tear on all surfaces (nicks and chips in topsides, worn non skid)
old wiring issues
poor re-paint jobs
general technology deficiencies (loran, 8.2 detroit type engines that out of production, etc.)
Hulls will last a long time so its not such a hull specific statement as much as it is just a reality with any man made item that is old. I dont mean to say that all old boats are bad (just sold my '76) but there are many parts that can go bad and unless they are all replaced at some point, an old boat will have some old parts that may become issues. Just something to careful of is all.
Unless a boat has been TOTALLY redone by a reputable yard (mechanicals, wiring, paint), at 35 years old, I cant say that I would be interested in becoming its maintenance man.
That said, I have owned a few oldies and buying one is always a balance between cost and quality. Only that I can see from the pics on this boat is the sort of spotty looking brightwork on the cabin door and some rough looking white painting around the engine on the deck supports- a total nitpick and could be on a 4 year old boat. Nice boat though- I think I wrote the "old" comment as a knee jerk reaction to the price although I am sure owner is into it for more than that though.