Seems like every decade from the 60's forward has its share of classic boats, as well as serious dogs
(in both quality and sailing). I'd like to start a discussion on what some of the old veterans that have proven themselves are, and how they compare with some of the newer production models; and what manufacturers are to be avoided, especially for specific periods in their history
We are looking to buy something used and put it in for a weekend getaway. We want something that can handle coastal cruising, such as from Beaufort
, NC. to Cape Fear, etc., but is also suitable for use in the shallow waters of the sound and inner waterways. Most of the time we'll be in inland waters or short ocean day sails
, or in the slip working or just getting away. But, we don't want something that precludes an extended vacation
What I am not sure if is whether to get an older "classic" cruiser from the 70s or 80s, or something newer and perhaps more production oriented. Total cost of ownership
is a big deal for us, as we continue to fail to win the lottery
Slippage, mortgage, insurance
, upkeep, etc. are all things we will need to factor in, especially of we decide on an older boat.
We've bareboated many times in the BVI and elsewhere, and have owned a boat before (albeit a OB runabout), so we do know what we are getting into, at least to some degree.
Any help, ideas, pointers to other information, etc. would be most welcome!