Originally Posted by Island Time O25
Two or three years ago we actually looked at these, Tartan and Sabre
at the local boat show
. I don't recall
all the details but I think they were OK but not great for the price
I think there are several different debates being confused:
New boat vs used boat
-- Some have claimed that there are no newly built quality boats, others have claimed that older boats don't have the requisite creature comforts. Others further claim that creature comforts are unnecessary. I believe the first two statements to be untrue. The latter is an obvious matter of personal preference.
One brand vs. another brand -- Some bring up bad experiences they have had with brand X; others claim brand X has served them well. I believe that shared brand experiences can help inform potential consumers. There are many options out there. Often we can benefit from the experience of others.
Whether quality of construction matters -- the sunset looks the same whether viewed from the cockpit
of brand X or brand Y. For some of us, the solidity of the structure we trust our life, and the lives of our family
to, is paramount. For others, good enough is good enough and other factors become more important. (As an aside, I recently read the blog of a cruising couple in a Pearson
Triton 28 -- a boat known for being well built. Their hull/deck joint separated and failed catastrophically in a rogue wave
. I don't know whether it was a design, manufacturing or maintenance
failure, but to me it shows not only that quality matters, but that real quality does not always match reputation).
Whether design matters -- boats are trade-offs, and thus are optimized for a purpose or goal. It doesn't really matter how "perfect" one boat is -- it matters how well suited it is for the purpose at hand. The OP asked about live-aboard, not long-distance cruising. How well a boat motors to weather
or how well attached the keel
is may not matter if one never leaves the dock
. If I were looking for a boat simply to live on, how comfortable a boat is at anchor/dock, and how much storage
space there is, would outweigh safety
and comfort at sea.