...that my attention here was not to cast aspersions on Swans. The point was that I couldn't get my wife interested in one.
When I evaluate a boat's design I begin with the mainsheet traveler; this is most likely a holdover from the decades I spent as a mainsheet trimmer during my racing
days. When my cruising companion
evaluates a boat she begins with the galley
. To each his/her own. But when you're planning to spend the amount of time in a galley
that most liveaboards spend, the Hunter
suddenly becomes a very impressive boat.
When I began to look in the 46' range, I discovered that I could get a new Hunter
, fully fitted out, in the $300k range. Would I have rather had a Tartan? Absolutely! But the Tartan would have cost more than double what a Hunter of the same displacement
cost. Had I taken the career path of a doctor or a lawyer, I'd have probably purchased the Tartan. For better or worse, I'd opted to become an educator. So I bought the Hunter.
No regrets, because me and my Hunter get our summers off. And, as an added bonus, my wife loves to spend time on the boat. We'll be taking the boat out this weekend, as we did last weekend, and the weekend before, and....