I am wondering if I could use the collective wisdom of this forum.
My sailing club is looking to buy a cruiser/racer in 27-34' size for the "communal" use. One of the issues that has arisen was a maintenance
One point of view is to buy the most "common" boat, since it would be easier to find spare parts
. From my perspective however, generally, shipyard is using standard equipment
(like winches, block, engine
, instruments) which is not specific to the boat design and can be purchased regardless.
If you would be buying
a boat would you make it the most important consideration how many of those boats have been made?
Now, we are not talking about custom design or one of boats, but rather a choice between Catalina 30
(probably the most "produced" boat) and let's say Grampian
34 (I think 50 of them been made)?