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It was on our pier at westhaven a year or so back and I had a reasonably good look at it. Seemed well kept and regularly maintained. I'd say it's a hell of a lot of boat for that money!

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A few years ago a Farr 38 was out at West Harbour for a bottom job, rumour has it that the bill with a paintjob and the various repairs was North of 100k. Some of the 38's had steel keel floors, hopefully this one hasnt. I saw an 1104 on the hard once, its bottom looked like the set for a fake moon landing with pox craters 100mm wide all over it. This era of glass boats are highly suspect and at that price it could be a bargain or your worst nightmare.

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There was a period where these Compass built Farr 38's had to have two inspectors look before signing off for cat 1. In particular the flat area at the back of the keel generally needed timber reinforcement to ensure the hulls integrity in case of touching terra firma .

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It doesn't look to have the pox, most older fibreglass boats can get blistering rather than the osmosis type thing that occurred on boats older than these. Actually reading the report and sorting out the actual faults clears the situation - as spoken by a fellow Farr 38 owner!

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As the Doctor observes the percussion and moisture irregularities are deck and cabin top not hull below the waterline related.

Would you take it on depends on the depth and width of your wallet.

Soft decks and topside structures can lead to costly complex fixes.

Monies that are spent on fixes and never returned are a common economic feature / reality of yachting.

IMHO at that price bracket it would be a wise move to reach a bit further spend wise and purchase a less initially troubled craft.

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