I spoke to the owner a couple of years ago. My overall impression was that it was a pretty big project. There were reportedly soft spots in the trunk cabin, "wiring project started" some unfinished work on flybridge, woodwork repair needed in v-berth. The status may have changed since then if the owner continued updating. It's a balsa cored hull, and I was a little leery of it due to the apparent overall condition of the boat.
As a disclaimer, I didn't see the boat in person, and if you are willing to undertake a project, it could be a great boat at the right price.
If the motor is clean it should have good life left. Even though it is a sleeved motor, if it needs rebuilding it will be cost prohibitive. I had its predecessor and parts alone, with new heads was WAY more than it was worth to do. Before labor.
I saw the boat a year ago. If you look past the cosmetics, a guy doing his own work could make something of it. The hull looked good. Needs work around the forward hatch, wood trim in the helm. Boat has an interesting side note. An historic shipwreck was found off of Rhode Island a few years ago. The guys were amateurs but managed to keep their find under wraps for a over a year until they got legalities sorted out. This was the discovery was made from. It is a big boat. More work than I would want but definitely worth a look at the price. Someone could turn it into something nice. Probably not as big a project as the Duffy 35 discussed in this thread. Guy was doing work in the wheelhouse, wires exposed, etc. like he lost interest. Part of the reason it stays on the market is it has more of a cabin below than a lobsterman would want but not as much as a cruiser like me would want.
Thanks, Iâ€™ll look at it once the weather gives us a break! I donâ€™t mind the cosmetic FG, wood work or even wiring, right now my biggest concern is its motor life expectancy. on the other hand, I starting calling a few marinas ( just in case) between New London CT and P Judith RIâ€¦Iâ€™m also having a hard time finding a slip for this size and draft boat. Any tips on that? Thanks Joe
if you go after the boat, the best volvo guys in the area are mcdonnell marine service, out of bloomfield. have them do the engine survey.
as for marina's, mystic river marina has deep slips. same with the one down at the bottom of the river in noank. i like mystic because its protected by fishers island, but you have great access to the sound or offshore.
i do not know the boat, but have dealt with that brokerage on another boat. make sure you get a full hull and engine survey.