I bet sailors in the 1970s did trash talk the new boats that now are considered bluewater classics. And I bet sailors in 2040 will do exactly the same thing, just like the OP said.
I have noticed a big generational difference in what people perceive as desirable qualities in boats. When I sail an older boat I find the winches undersized, the lines oddly run, the systems hard to use and confusing, and usually things that I can easily do solo on a modern boat take more effort and more people on an older one. For me, the older boats are not desirable, even though they would probably last longer in a massive antarctic storm with criss-crossing Tsunamis and krakens tearing at the hull
I also think that the things people do (or think they will do) with their boats have changed.
A certain member
of my family
, for example, loves the older boats. He ahs adjusted to fiberglass
hulls, but thinks the new production boats are plastic toys. His next boat will probably be something like a Sabre
42 or a Tartan of similar design, and it will probably be from the 1970s or 1980s. These vessels match his idea of a seamanlike boat. They are narrow in the hull
. They have fine entries and closed sterns. Windows are small and strongly secured. Toilets and galleys are sufficient to support human life, but are not luxurious. Bunks and sea berths abound. Toe rails are more like little fortress
walls. Climate control is unheard of.
He will never live on the boat, and will probably use it for what it was designed to do - support a crew of wealthy adventurers crossing oceans through a combination of seamanship, sweat, and endurance.
Older designs seem to match what people did with boats at the time and the limitations of available materials and technology. New designs seem to match what people want to do with boats now. This is why I find it frustrating to read so many replies on this forum that say, "you could take the same amount of money
and buy an 30-year-old Swan-Oyster-Hinkley-Whatever." Maybe the person just doesn't want a boat built for a different generation.
Personally, I like like the condos that float. I like Euro styling. I like when everyone starts the day refreshed from a good sleep, clean from a nice hot shower
, fully dressed in fresh clothes, and fed with a nice breakfast. (And coffee. There must be coffee. Or, I may have to swim for shore.) Modern boats deliver this experience on vessels I can sail by myself or with my spouse.
Amazingly, these things cross oceans, too. The 2013 ARC
was full of Jeanneaus and Beneteaus. Everyone lived. No one was eaten by a kraken. Go figure.