Hello, and "WELCOME ABOARD"
. One of the reasons the 23 Lancer may remind you of a 1974 Slickcraft is the fact that the Lancer was first sold in 1966 and many companies copied the hull, the shape, and the layout. Few were ever able to put it all together like Chris Craft did, however.
The entire Corsair Sport Boat Division, including all the Lancer and Corsair models, is essentially a sleeping giant within the classic boating world. These boats are ALL viable for restoration, they are all pretty darn good products for what they are and what they cost, and I think we'll be seeing more of them at boat shows and the prices will continue to climb.
They are a solid foundation upon which to build a restoration, that is for sure. There isn't much, if anything, on these boats that can not be fixed, as they don't have any really inherent weaknesses. By comparison, I sold a 22 Pachanga several years ago for my boss, and that boat literally had a thousand small blisters. The buyer called an expert and the guy told him "they all have that" so he bought it.