I have an opportunity to buy one of 2 boats.
The first is an absolute classic with lovely lines, excellent maintenance
and in some of the best condition for a timber boat my surveyor
has ever seen. Her hull
sheaved and she has no major issues whatsoever. She has just enough bunks for the family
of 4 and is easy to sail. She doesnt have the creature comforts you might expect in a modern boat but she has class and sailing ability well beyond a modern boat.
Alternatively I can buy a Bavaria/Jeanneau or Beneteau
of similar length, nice condition, all the creature comforts, greater volume, about 5 - 8 years old
The purpose of the endeavour
is to get me and the family
(2 teenagers and experienced sailor wife) coastal sailing and the odd trip for a week or two each year and to keep me happy in what willl be a very long retirement
So which would you buy?(ignoring price
as there is a significant difference) And why?
I look forward to all your very experienced comments
(P.S -- This will be our 4th boat with the earlier boats being in the category of the second option)