I happen to believe that everyone's first boat should be a Sunfish or a Laser. But I also know that first boats come in all shapes and sizes and designs, and are selected for differing purposes. Otherwise ...
A deck-stepped mast
is a substantial negative in my selection criteria. It just isn't a design element that I want at all in my crusing vessel.
Dated? Hmmm - well, I suppose that is inarguable; so no arguement forthcoming. However, I will add: There are a lot of fine sailboats that carry this label. Not always, but often, I find that "dated" boats are heavily built, have good sea motion, and are simple beautiful to look at. There is a fairly large number of people that agree with this. Such boats in good condition draw attention in a marina or anchorage, and the attention is along the lines of "Gee, that's a gorgeous boat you've got there!", as oposed to "Wow, what a dated design, how do you stand it?"
It is also true that a dated 30 footer may have a cramped cabin
compared to a current
30 footer - it is almost certain to be of smaller size. But maybe the comparison that should be made is not how it compares to what a modern 30 footer offers, but rather to what the buyer/owner wants in their boat. If the cabin suits your purpose, then cabin volume is not a negative. If the cabin is your version of warm, inviting, comfortable; and you just plain enjoy sitting in it; that sounds about perfect.
That Alberg 30 in Canada
looks beautiful and is well equipped. it displays good owner care and pride of ownership
, based on viewing the pictures on the web. Can you guess? Yep, I like it.