Newer and smaller doesnt necessarily help.... checked prices on a 3-4 year old 38' Hallberg Rassy
As to size (not to divert the thread but after all 90% of threads end up skewing to the little boat argument anyhow) here is my wifes big issue: We will be living aboard
full time, home schooling and raising 2 kids
. We have active parents who will come and visit. She wants space. She says that when your sitting in an anchorage and a weather
front is going through such that its raining hard for 3 days straight and your mostly stuck below, she wants enough space that everyone doesn't kill each other. We want each kid to have their own space.
I do not want a light weight, modern, cheap
production boat. We could buy a 4-5 year old Beneteau
or other such boat and have 3 cabins and all the other stuff we want within our price
range. I am sure it would sail well and be safe. But I doubt it would be as comfortable as it wouldnt be as sea kindly. I prefer a heavier built boat. If I sacrifice some pointing ability and ultimate speed thats fine by me.
Keep in mind too.... the Gulfstar
50 is a 50 foot boat, but its not a BIG 50 if you know what I mean. Its beam is fairly moderate compared to length.
The idea of buying
the boat later and then rather than doing a refit a week at a time over a year tackling it all at once for 3 months or so is very interesting! I had really not thought about that much and it does warrant considerable consideration!
For one thing, money put into a boat now is money no longer working and earning toward the cruising kitty!
Here is another aspect of the whole "Buy New vs. Buy old and refit" question: If done correctly, buying
an older boat and refitting it can have tax advantages. I am looking at the possibility of putting our boat into part time charter
for the year after its complete. If I form a corporation now, buy the boat in the corporate name for charter
use and then spend $75K on a refit I can write those expenses off against other income
or other capital gains. I may never make much money from the charter use of the boat but thats not necessarily the point. So there can be many motivations for choosing one path over another!