Unfortunately, our boat had received little care for 10 years and could only be described as a project. We did our homework and, with a surveyor, made as complete an inventory as we could of its problems. The tally included most of the failings common to 25-year-old fiberglass boats: soggy deck, questionable rigging, blown-out sails, corroded electrical wiring, inoperative pumps, crazed gelcoat, peeling brightwork, and an overheating engine. On the positive side, the hull had no blisters. We also took the opportunity to sail on a sister ship, and that sold us.