We have bought all of our boats from companies; they use them for 3-4 years and put them up for sale. There is nowhere to get a good boat, or gear for that matter, up here, so we get the majority of our gear from NRS or Clavey or somewhere like that. Because of that, we spend the time to maintain our gear, wear patch here and there added, paint job, glue down a loose edge, etc. Bottom line, get good gear and look after it, it will pay off.
It would be interesting to know what you find, we have an old Rikken that had a small leak by the main stern D-ring. Good boat to spend a few hundred on for new rings and such. Its a 16' bucket boat( we replaced it with a 16' SB, hyside). I will see if my buddy will let it go.