I agree that this is the best way to learn about your boat. I also like the older heavy displacement
boats. But you have to be realistic, all boats require constant repair, maintenance
and upgrades. I am a mechanic
and carry out most work myself including refrigeration repairs
but even then most of these boats represent huge outlays in $$ just to make them sea worthy. My point is why would you not pay initialy more to get a boat that was originally constructed (modern materials and technique) better subsequently not needing many of those repairs
now or in the future?