Please, can we leave the personal attacks out of this?
Here: I've got an "expensive" boat. I often pay people to do work on the boat that I would rather not do, or don't have the time to do myself, or when I feel that my own skills aren't up to the task.
Is my opinion automatically biased and therefore worthy of ridicule?
I've also been sailing since I was six years old, and have put over 25,000 sea-miles on my current
boat. I've been aboard boats where the hull
was so flexible that you couldn't keep the standing rigging
tensioned. I've had friends sail on boats where you couldn't get the interior
doors to open or shut when heeling beyond 20 degrees. I've had friends tell me about turning back for home when the bow sections started oil-canning and interior
bulkheads came adrift in heavy weather
I also have friends who have put 10,000+ miles on their Beneteaus and Hunters. Most of these boats are pretty tough. Some aren't.
I'm one of the people who has been saying that most boats will take you where you want to go, but don't try to tell me that the only difference in boats is the cost of the curtains.