Listen, absorb, discard as appropriate.
You're doing right by researching, learning
, and asking. But ultimately you must choose what is right for you. You asked for opinions and you're getting them. But some giving opinions will always make it sound like their way is the right way and the only way. There are a million different ways people enjoy boating
. Sort through it carefully. Listen to those things that are most meaningful to you. If someone says the wouldn't have a particular boat because it's slower, only you know the importance or non-importance of speed to you. Only you know the stateroom layout you're comfortable in. I'm taller than average so head
room is much more important to me than some.
Now, we are not sailors but power boat
owners. However, I'll give some advice based on our experiences there which I think carries over. First, we heard so many opinions, some so dogmatic and strong. We sorted through them. We sorted through all the prejudices. Yes, opinions do reflect prejudice. Style of boat. Speed. Country of manufacture. Age. Price
. We decided what was important to us. Then we tried some out to be sure what we thought we wanted was really what we wanted. Nothing like a few days on a boat to really show you. Was the best spent money
ever as then when we decided to purchase
we knew we would be happy. Also, if you're thinking of a specific boat, try to get opinions from those who have actually owned one or at least been on one. Not the person who owns another brand and has never been on it. One boat we heard from several who preferred another that it wasn't ocean going, we needed to get the brand they had. But we talked to many who owned it, including those who had crossed the Atlantic many times. Then we chartered one. At that point we knew it was what we wanted.