We met a couple sailing a Bavaria
42 cruiser only a couple of years old, from Turkey
via the Caribbean
, they had very little maintenance
problems or issues, whereas many on older "sturdier" boats were plagued by age related issues.
If you were going on a 2-5 yr trip a nearly new modern boat will certainly require a whole heap less maintenance
and stands a lot less chance of stress related rigging/rudder issue /failure and a whole heap less engine/wiring problems.
Now if you were buying
a boat to keep your whole life or to sail round the capes or high latitudes then a different choice would most likely be made.
Personally id rather do a trade
on a nearly new production boat than some 70s "sturdy boat", id spend a whole lot more time having fun enjoying myself, than in sweat and grime repairing things.
I also need to address a few of Brads comments , MY RESPONSE IN CAPITALS.
I'm in complete agreement - newer cruising monohulls are much better in every respect. OK, sure, the move towards wider beam has increased inverse stability - but who cares? Interior
volume is more important.
NO OFFENSE BUT A BEAMIER BOAT WILL BE HARDER TO CAPSIZE
IN THE FIRST PLACE AND YES INTERIOR
SPACE IS OF HUGE IMPORTANCE TO LONG DISTANCE CRUISERS MORE SO THAN COASTAL CRUISERS.
Sure, the flat sections aft and the lack of rocker can lead to pounding and a less sea-kindly motion - but again, who cares?
IN 15000NM OF TRADE
WINDS SAILING WE POUNDED LESS THAN A COUPLE OF DAYS.
Comfort at the dock
is far more important for the offshore
sailor. The huge portlights
that are currently in vogue may be unsafe in heavy seas - but who cares?
YES I WANT TO LIVE IN A COFFIN!!! I CANT RECALL
OF READING OF ANY LARGER PORTLIGHTS
GIVING IN UNDER BAD CONDITIONS,I DONT SAY IT CANT HAPPEN...
A bright interior
is far more important when offshore
. Plumb bows may lead to a wet foredeck and to problems with the anchor
striking the topsides, but who cares? They look sexy and increase the waterline.
A NICE PIECE OF STAINLESS ON THE BOW DEALS WITH THAT ISSUE AND ON LONG PASSAGES I BET MOST PEOPLE RATE AN EXTRA 10NM A DAY WORTH THE EXTRA WATERLINE LENGTH.
Spade rudders may be far more susceptible to damage than ones on skegs/partial skegs/mounted aft of the keel
, but who cares about that in a cruising boat? There is a performance advantage and that is all that matters.
YES I AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS ONE, THE PROBLEM IS, WHO MAKES SKEG HUNG RUDDERS NOWADAYS? ONLY A VERY FEW EXPENSIVE BUILDERS DO.
Relatively flat underbodies may produce minimal bilges, but who cares? What boat will ever take on water
WELL AT LEAST YOU'LL NOTICE THE PROBLEM QUICKER! RATHER THAN RELYING ON A BILGE
ALERT , ASSUMING YOU HAVE ONE AND IT ACTUALLY WORKS! A 10CM BILGE
WILL PROBABLY CONTAIN A GOOD COUPLE OF THOUSAND LITRES OF WATER
ON A 40FT BOAT BEFORE GETTING ABOVE THE CABIN SOLE
(OK COULD SLOSH IN BAD WEATHER)
Things like proper sea-berths are a waste of space - who needs to be secure when heeling or in heavy seas? No, huge doubles are the way to go!
WELL MOST CRUISER SPEND 80 PERCENT OF TIME AT ANCHOR
AND WHEN SAILING, ID SAY WE SPENT LESS THAN 5 PERCENT OF TIME HEALED OVER ENOUGH FOR A SEA BERTH TO BE DESIRABLE AND EVEN THEN YOU IMPROVISE, YES THOSE BIG DOUBLES ARE THE DIFFERENCE TO A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP FAR MORE OFTEN.
Large dedicated nav stations? A ridiculous waste of space.
YES EVERYONE USES ELECTRONIC CHARTS
NOWADAYS AND IN EMERGENCY
TABLE WILL DO FINE FOR PAPER ONES
Proper wet lockers near the companionway
THATS CALLED THE FORWARD OR AFT HEADS, BUT ONCE YOU HIT THE TRADES YOU DONT GET WET MUCH.
Manual pumps (even as a back-up) for the galley
? Come on, when do electrical
systems ever fail?
, TWO PUMPS WITH SWITCHOVER AND A SPARE JUST IN CASE, THEY ARE LIKE 80 BUCKS, ALWAYS A BUCKET AND STRING FOR COMPLETE FAILURE A PROPER CRUISER WASHERS WITH SEA WATER
, THEN A FRESH WATER RINSE
I'm in total agreement. There is absolutely nothing to commend any aspect of the design of older cruising boats.