If you intend to purchase a second-hand Paper Tiger, it is wise to check it over thoroughly prior to purchasing. This will help to ensure you get many years of enjoyment out of your boat.
Plywood boats are very common, probably more so than the foam sandwich ones. Plywood boats can be excellent boats and very competitive. A 25 year old one (2634) won the 2006 International Championships. As long as they have been looked after, they can serve you very well.
Some things you should look for when considering the purchase of a boat:
This is not an exhaustive list, but should cover most of the main issues. Most of these problems could be fixed and you would expect that a boat of ten years old or more would show at least some of these. If it has too many of them, or you could be up for many hours (or dollars) in repair work.
Don't forget that you are not buying a new boat, but if some of these problems are evident, then use them as bargaining power. It is also worth checking the trailer (and even the trolley) for obvious problems as well.
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