Please consider this as a newbie post since I've owned 24' and under freshwater boats, but am now looking at 35'+ boats for salt water use. I couldn't think of a graceful way to ask my question in just a few words so here goes. I'm looking at some older boats that seem to have great value that were built by seemingly well respected manufacturers with long histories of quality and innovative design. However some of those companies have had ownership changes over the years, particularly since the 80's. From this forum's collective experience do some well respected name boats, built during different eras of ownership reflect a higher or lower level of quality control or design problems? Let me give you a specific example. Since the 1850's Riva yachts have been beautiful vessels. They are crazy expensive. The brand was sold to a U.S. company in the early 80's (Whitaker) and then re-sold to Vickers in the late 80's or early 90's. Despite the name on the hull is a Whitaker Riva or a Vickers Riva still a Riva? Does anybody know if there are issues of quality construction during the various periods of ownership? For example, Harley Davidson had a rich tradition of ownership and design thru 1980 then the company was bought by AMF. What followed was a legendary debacle. Most Harley owners consider bikes built during the AMF era as inferior (for good reason) and not "real" Harleys. The same is true for Jaguar...remember the first few years under Ford? I can cite several other examples but hopefully you get my drift. If I'm going to take a chance on a 30+ year old boat is this just one more thing to consider? Are there other brands where the above is true? Thanks and sorry to be so long-winded.