Like a lot of the music
you listen to the boats made back then had a lot of good ones and a lot of junk, people only remember the better ones favorably and forget the rest as time goes on.
Boats designed now benefit from years of engineering and materials science experience. There are many good boats made now for whatever purpose you have in mind, it just depends on how much you have to spend.
Many of the older better boats would have been out of your reach financially then, just like now, which is why many of us buy used boats of better quality than we could afford new.
Ever tried to use an RDF? I'd like to hear how people feel the instruments of that time were superior too.
I am also a motorcycle enthusiast too, I hear men
of a certain age talk about how much better they were "in the old days", I'm not nostalgic, I still own an old classic, I know how much better they are built today. It's still fun to ride but the modern bike I own is so much better in all ways.
If you can't afford a new custom built, high quality yacht, your in the same boat as me and most of the people here, so buy an older model of higher quality and do the work required to bring it up to tip top condition. But please, don't disparage the newer boats, the builders are only producing what people want for a price
they can afford, the truth is 99% of those people will never cross an ocean so why build every boat as if it would? If that were the case there would be far fewer people in the sport, very few relatively prosperous individuals would be able to afford it. Kind of like it was in the days before fiberglass
production boats, you know, the "good old days".
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Gee, ever hear of the Archies?