Hi all First of all I would like to congratulate you all on having a wonderful informative forum. I have an opportunity to purchase a 1980 36 cc, the owner is asking £18K, it appears to be in good nik, has all working electrical equipment, heating , engine only 3 years old, in the water now and being used. My situation is that I have always wanted a yacht, but I do lack experience, this year I have completed my RYA QC down in the Canaries and I will continue with this course, certainly to day skipper and beyond if I can. I prefer not to buy a small boat to learn in, but buy a boat that will last me for years and learn in it. As I am nearing age 60, my question is: Would a boat of this age last me another 10-15 years ? of course I understand that a proper survey will be required and the insurance co may ask for new rigging etc. What other upgrades in a Moody of this vintage do members think I would need to attend to, and is it a suitable project for distance cruising (I hope to sail to the Med from UK over the next few years and maybe down to the Canaries when I eventually retire) Is there longitivity in this as a project ? Does anyone have one now ? and do they feel its suitable for long distance cruising ?