When we arrived in Auckland
about 15 years ago, we were told by Kiwi friends that we'd just missed meeting "the ugliest boat in the world". 'Twas named "New Liverbird" or something like that, and had allegedly been built from an old water
tank. The Kiwis were highly contemptuous of it.
A couple of years later we met up with these folks in New Caledonia
. She (the boat) was no beauty to be sure, but in the intervening years she had completed her SECOND CIRCUMNAVIGATION
, and was well into her third!! Very interesting family
of three aboard, and we really enjoyed their company. They had bugger all cash, but were happily doing what most of their critics only talked about. They were well aware that they were not gonna win prizes at the boat show
beauty contest, but they might well have been the featured cruisers!
As for us, esthetics are important, and we wouldn't be happy in a boat that didn't please us to look at. And yes, that factor would be a deal-breaker. But beauty is indeed an individual concept
, and your views may vary!
Jim and Ann s/vInsatiable II lying Gladstone Qld z