I do think it's sad to miss out on a whole lot of different types of fun with boat buying
. Especially if you are going to be waiting for a build slot on a new boat anyway.
After seeing the comments of one disappointed customer, who couldn't get to see the samples of a very limited selection of finishing options (in the market for a new $1.5 million boat, and after a very long trip to go and see them), I have to ask, why not just have exactly what you want (consult an architect too so it doesn't get you into trouble inadvertently), with all the rewards and permanent grin factor, of a real creative project
? Then have the very real satisfaction of something truly unique, superb, and beautiful, to live on?
of a Pearson
Rhodes 41ft found by Don C L and posted on the Plastic Classic group, in the thread Refits of Note, to me anyway, was simply breathtaking. To have the resources to do something like that (probably at a substantial saving), and possibly even in the same time frame as waiting for a construction slot, to me anyway, is no contest.
Here's the links to the pictures of the renovation
, associated notes, the workers involved, and the work they did (a great insight into the process too). I couldn't drag myself away from them, until I had seen them all:
I don't even go anywhere near Facebook usually.
The thing is, it really is nice to have something constructive, rewarding, and worthwhile to do, even if you just provide the means, the encouragement, and the supervision. I was getting seriously drunk with Lord something or other down in Hampshire one night, and it's what he did. Happened to be a wedding reception
where we were, and he had supplied all of the wedding cars, free, to the married couple and their families. Well, free, but he had to have an invite to the reception
, and a few beers bought him in the evening (though I did note he seemed to be buying
a bit more than he received, back). He spent his time doing wonderful restorations of old Jaguars, Bentleys, Rolls, that sort of thing, and they would get their run out pretty much every week end, which did them the World of good, and helped to keep them in tip top condition.
Plus of course it got him out of the house pretty much every weekend, did him the World of good, and helped to keep him in tip top condition, as well.