I have followed Jeffs' reasoning in several posts on why he chose his Farr. Strength versus weight, length versus speed, etc. The techniques used to build his boat , if done well, would lead to a real ripper. Alas, to buy one of these requires a larger pocket book than I have. The Cascade I bought came at a price
of around 6 thousand dollars. I have approximately another grand or two in it, counting the custom trailer I built to haul it. Add another grand or two for incedentals when I finally do launch and you have 10 thousand in a boat I can sail the Great Lakes
in with some degree of safety
. From what I gather, 10 grand would just about buy a suit of sails
for one of the modern boats. Yah, mine would have its' " doors blown off" in a drag race
with the Farr. Mine would probably top out at 6 or 7 knots. The Farr would probably come close to doubling that output. But the cost of this extra speed would probably buy 5 or 6 older Cascades. I am really envious of people( heck- I'm green with uncontrolled jealousy) who can afford to choose between boats that cost this much and declare " It wasn't that much". Oh Yeah,sure,um-hmmm.
So, ol' me with a thick skull buys a boat half my age with a thicker hull because of like personalities that chunk along at 50 percent efficiency . We both will probably cackle and wheeze doing it.