Originally Posted by AquaGeo
I'm also looking into an Oyster and I might add these are all kinda old boats (80-90) and for the same money I could simply fo with a production boat from the late 2000's and potentially avoid the systems issues you speak of, but chances are it'd be a buy use for a year or so and sell again.
You're likely going to run into exactly the same issues with a production boat from the 2000's as you are with an older custom boat for the simple fact that they are outfitted with less robust fittings and equipment
As an example I'm working on my 30 year old mast
in a rigger's yard, and I'm surrounded by masts from popular production bruising boats that are 7-9 years old, some with serious refit
issues. The shop owner, when I asked him about it, shrugged and said "You can't sell boats at those price
points by putting the best available gear
on them". I'm not dinging those brands per se, just pointing out that the refit
cycles for them are markedly different than they are for older custom boats. Don't think that by buying
a 10 year old production boat you're going to avoid all the issues you'll encounter with a 25 year old semi-custom boat.
Also, zeroing in on a particular brand/model given what you want to do is a very limiting approach. You'd be better served by just trying to get on as many boats for sale
as possible and poking around on them. You'll learn a lot from that process and start to refine your requirements in ways that are more concrete and ultimately productive.