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Date Posted: - Thursday - 01/ 9/20 - 1:26am
Author: 6andyinchigasaki8
Subject: Close to buying a Mariner 40

Hello from a new member living in Japan. While looking on-line, I recently came across a 1970 Far East Mariner 40 located right here in Japan. I knew nothing about them or their history, but this boat spoke to me, so I began researching and found that it was made down the street from where I currently live in the Yokosuka area. I have been told it is one of two that were not exported. The boat is moored about 7 hours drive south of me.

In Japan, boat surveyors are not a thing, so I am on my own. I'm going to inspect it this weekend (in the water). I have read on this site and know about the interior plywood used on the deck and house. I have a mechanic to look at the engine. Any thoughts on what else I should pay particular attention to? I can't get it hauled any time soon as the nearest marina is booked solid, so I'd appreciate advice on how to look for evidence of bad keel bolts.

I should add that I've seen over 100 close up photos of the boat, and it looks to be in good shape. I expect to replace and/or repair the rigging and sails and electronics, so I'm not concerned about the condition of those things. I just don't want to find I've bought a boat that is too far gone in some hidden aspects to ever make it right again.

Thanks,

Andy

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