We’re checking out a local 1972 Islander 36. I’ve been impressed by all the owner information and enthusiasm at http://www.islander36.org/, and at first look the boat looks in solid condition. It’s a Hawaii vet and won its class in the local Astoria to Victoria race.
According to my research, we’ll take a close look for mast step and keel bolt corrosion, and blisters. We’d also have a full survey done. Since it’s a 72, there’s a chance it will have fewer blister issues. It has a tiller, which I like, but that might affect resale value. The diesel has about 1400 hours on it, and it has six sails but no roller furling.
This boat might be too big for us, but it’s fun to consider. It has a six foot draft, and for the first year we’d use it mostly for cruising the Columbia River. After that, we’d like to take it off-shore (coastal) up to Puget Sound for as long as 4-6 weeks. We have two kids (6 and 8 years old) who are likely only to become larger as they grow older, so…
Another boat we like locally is a 1979 Islander 28 (four foot draft, no furling, was also raced). We like it a lot, but we’re not sure it will be as stable for the off-shore passage north (especially if the kids were along), or for how long the four of us could be comfortable aboard. However, it could be a better choice for a few years, since nearly everything on it would be less expensive to replace or repair (compared to the 36).