Well, let me toss in my 2cents as I've just done the dance you've all been talking about and bought a refurb
boat. First off, I've been working out my own *perfect* boat design for years now, and finally when I got to the point where I was ready to put the steel
on the ground (yeah steel-I've owned fibreglass and steel
and sailed aluminum
..as a certain nw designer
frequently opines.."take wood, fibreglass, and aluminum
nails and pound it into a steel hull
, then take your steel nail and pound it into wood/fibreglass or aluminum.hulls..any questions? " ). Then out of the blue, into my lap drops a boat VERY similar to what I was getting ready to build. Brewer boat, professionally built, in process of refurb
then subject of an unfriendly divorce...
Five hours of ultrasound, and inch by inch inspection
and I bought the boat. We'll see how long it takes to get it back into the water
, but when i compare where I am now to where I would've been looking at flat plate on the ground...well...its really no contest.
As for price
, steel boats in the US in places where Fibreglass is king can be incredible deals. Paint
, well, everyone paints. on steel you do it right once, and touch up rarely, or do it wrong and repaint a lot; take your pick. It's not rocket science. The dutch are sailing and motoring around in steel boats almost 100 years old. On steel you epoxy
to avoid rust, on fibreglass you epoxy
to try and stop the damned blisters
...six of one..
In any event, with current
new prices being essentially insane..getting an older boat that has been cared for but needs some work makes a lot of sense, especially if you know how or can learn, to do that work yourself. Think of it as paying yourself $70.00 an hour to bolt on a latch, or spray some paint
...Plus if you're going to go cruising, knowing how to work on your own boat is not a bad thing.
Now, simply said, the Perry Tayanas are great boats, and I can't remember a bad Crealock
design..What I like about the Pacifics is that not only do they look great, they are better boats than they look.