Since I''m leaving in a few hours for four days sailing with the wife and kids
, and I can't keep my mind on work, I'll jump in here. Did I mention it's sunny and the wind
I agree that quality is quality whether in a new boat or an old boat. I have the capability to work on boats and I enjoy it. I don't have the capability to buy a new boat of a similar size and design. So there really was no option for me on what direction to go picking a boat.
I also agree that many modern production boats have 'attributes' that I find make me uneasy. Decks that ominously flex and creak when I stand on them, and I'm fairly skinny. Fish
bowl cabins with no hand holds. I was on a boat recently that had 7 steps from the cockpit
to the saloon
floor. On a rough passage
you could die trying to get to your bunk. This seems crazy to me but I suppose you get used to it.
On the other hand a modern quicker more condo ready boat that is not intended for passage
making might be a better choice reality wise as Pete suggests. A lot of these boats are very nice for dockside entertaining, and far more user friendly for a day sail or weekend out than my old boat. Which I'm almost ready to head
Everybody have a great weekend, maybe I'll see you out there!