Originally Posted by Scout 30
I've owned a 1960 Porsche but never an old Ferrari. However, I do love them & from what I know about them do not believe they are unreliable. In fact just the opposite. Regarding Hinckleys, I'm not sure why they would be any more expensive to maintain than any other similar size & age sailboat unless you're just talking about maintaining the teak
. Hinckley & Ferrari both represent the best quality products of their type. In fact I can't think of a better built or higher quality production boat built anywhere. I'm not sure how that's a negative.
Porches have been stone dependable since their inception, they're German engineered, so of course they are. A little more conservative in styling than Ferrari, but solidly engineered. Older Ferraris were beautiful, fast, superb handling and of course sounded like they were from another planet, did I mention that exhaust note? Dependability was not exactly there strong point, kind of like that stunningly sexy girl I used to date who was batshit crazy, she was fun for awhile, but you wouldn't want to put up with her insanity long term. Come to think of it, she was Italian too.
The newer Ferraris are much better and more dependable, but even there they had a recent model that tended to catch fire if driven too hard. Hardly what I'd expect for that price.
Hinckleys are beautiful, well built boats, not exactly what I'd call a "production" boat. They don't start building one until you put a substantial down payment forward. They're in a completely different stratosphere when it comes to cost. Their older models were very conservative in design for these times, they had good sea handling traits but were relatively limited in interior
space compared to most modern designs. Good for their original purpose when they were designed many years ago, but much has changed since those older models were built. This is reflected in the new 50 they're currently marketing
, it's a huge break from their previous design direction, and a big risk for their company, it's not what people think of when they think Hinckley. Good for them, I hope the new model does well, it is a complete remake on the original concept
No one ever said they weren't good boats, just that you could do better for the money
if looking for a cruising boat, especially if your a person of average means, or even above average means. They may have good resale value but that doesn't mean much if you can't afford it in the first place. If your looking in that vein an older Swan would be a better bet from a price point perspective. They're well built and good performing too.
Of course it's all a moot point if your not sure what your cruising style is.
I was quite happy with my racer/cruiser for my needs, I'd take it anywhere, but it didn't exactly work for me in my current
situation, now that I have a wife and kids
to bring along. If the queen ain't happy, nobodies going to be happy, and that is a very important thing if you plan to cruise
Did I mention that a happy wife makes for a happy crew?
I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm not crazy.