Just joined today, this is my first post/question but I have been stalking around for a while.
I have been without a sailboat for about 2 years and am seriously in the market for a "new to me" sailboat. Over the years I have owned several boats in the 30 to 40 ft range, two monohulls, one catamaran
and one trimaran
. I loved to sail my trimaran
but I am going back to a monohull
. I was initially looking for a fairly new boat but the boats that really appeal to me are somewhat older.
My question is when does a boat become too old to make a sensible buy.
Two boats that really catch my eye are the Hinckley bermuda
40 and the Morgan
41 (not the out island, the centerboard
cutter). Both are from the 1960s or early 70s. Both are fiberglass
and examples that have been well kept or refurbished are available. My worry is that I will sink money
into a boat built in 1969 and not be able to sell it in 8 or 10 years because it is too old/outdated. I don't expect to get all of my money
out of the boat when I sell but I don't want to get stuck with a boat that I can't sell. I am hoping that the reason that there are few boats from the 40s and 50s on the market is not because they are unappealing but because they were wooden, not fiberglass
and did not survive the worms and other sea creatures.
P.S. I just noticed that I used "make a sensible buy" and "sailboat" in the same post. No need to point out how stupid that is, I figured that out years ago.