Oops, see this is a bit of an old thread now... anyway, just in case...
Hi Zooplax, a couple of random thoughts... in no particular order, as I read through this discussion...
1. Weight. We weigh a fair bit for a 42 footer, at between 15 and 17 tons, (depending on who you ask). This is of some concern to me as if we are 17 tons, then we are within 1 ton of the maximum rating for our club's slipyard, and if they had to reclassify their system downwards, I could well have a problem. 23 could be a big problem to slip, certainly fewer options.
2. Ferro. Well, three of the boats I most admire around our club are ferros. Superbly built boats, lovely lines, just plain good looking. All are in excellent condition, but each is still owned by the original owner as each owner has admitted to me during visits to their boat, that they cannot afford to sell them. Each sails well enough for my tastes, but I am no racing
sailor, so I am not well placed to comment on performance. Importantly, each has been VERY well maintained, and has, of course, a full maintenance history
. I get the impression that this maintenance history
may be more critical to a ferro than, say, a GRP, but that is pure speculation on my part.
. Not sure if it applies to your situation, but for me there are two types of insurance. Third party and comprehensive. I have third party, if I run into someone's mega gin-palace and sink it, I am covered, my insurance will pay for their boat. But if I sink, I am stuffed. Swim home, bad luck, no more boat. Comprehensive to cover my boat is just too complicated until I have finished the rebuild
(and even then, probably too expensive), and so I am self insured in that respect. I simply bought a boat I could afford to lose. Could this situation apply to yourself?
. Well, not sure what it is like in your part of the world, I had a very brief look at it here in Oz, more out of curiosity, and yikes, forget it. My IMPRESSION was that unless I was sailing something under 10 years old, and probably more like 5 years old, it was simply not practical, again, mainly due to insurance. I know I spent days on the phone
trying to charter
an older boat before we bought our boat, as I wanted to try something a bit like what I was planning to buy, and I found NOTHING in Australia
over 10 years old.
Good luck, may whatever you chose be the right boat for YOU.