Wifey B.. thank you, and I agree with you regarding "what's important". If my husband and I were going to have to live off of social security
alone in retirement
.. trust me... We would still do this. However, I may have to buy a low cost monohull
, with very few comforts.. but I'd do it anyway.. and have a blast!! That being said... We have scrimped and saved.. and worked hard, and chose to live well beneath our means, and as such, we are one of the lucky ones who will have more than social security
to rely on... and because of that, I don't want to scrape by on the bare minimum.. I do want a few creature comforts. And, as everything else in this life, I understand that will have consequences. I will have to deal with the power issue.. and the weight issue on the boat, and I will have to accept that I will lose performance.
The difficulty is, (and I found this at both Miami
, and Annapolis) to find the proper balance. I saw very few boats that addressed both issues.. "comfort and performance".. (antares was one of them.. actually) SOOO many of them these days are all about beautiful living, and luxury, and not so much regarding sailing performance.
Scott and I quite often sat down on some of the boats... either in the cockpit
, or flybridge, and talked.. and we listened a lot to other boaters talking with the sales agents. And, I can't even remember anyone asking about speed to wind
.. or displacement
.. or energy consumption
... it was all about comfort and livability. And, honestly that's ok. For us though? we want more of a balance.. which is why I ask so many questions.
I need to learn MUCH more about the operating systems, because I am ignorant on most of them.. thank god I have time to learn...
I know there were a few others here that went to the show.. If they are still "playing along"... did anyone stop in to see any of the vendors? and if so.. did you find anything new and interesting? or learn something you didn't know?
I did... I stopped in at a vendor of dingies, and spent about 45 minutes talking to the sales rep.. (he was GREAT, btw.. ) I discovered a lot about dingies..
1. They are way cheaper than I expected.. (including motor)
2. I learned alot about how to secure your boat to make it difficult for theives to walk away from it.
3. I also learned that there is not much to choose from in the "middle range".. there are very small spartan ones.. and then they jump to the large "overkill" ones.
it's difficult to find something in the middle.
So, anyway... anyone else learn anything at the vendor stands?