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View Poll Results: How old is your boat? (Main boat if you have multiple)
1 to 5 years 12 3.39%
6 to 10 years 9 2.54%
11 to 15 years 12 3.39%
16 to 20 years 25 7.06%
21 to 25 years 17 4.80%
26 to 30 years 17 4.80%
31 to 35 years 57 16.10%
36 to 40 years 65 18.36%
41 to 45 years 69 19.49%
46 to 50 years 31 8.76%
Over 50 years 40 11.30%
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Old 07-11-2020, 10:10   #151
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Sigma 362 built 1988, rigging new April 2020, old rig unknown age.
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Old 07-11-2020, 12:16   #152
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I believe I am the 6th or 7th owner (something to work on) of my 1985 Nonsuch. She's been owned in Rochester, Alabama, Florida and New York with the name Freestyle, and I repatriated her back to Canada and renamed her Minou. No standing rigging, but she's getting a rebuild over the winter after a lightning strike last July that blew some small holes in the hull among other damage. She was repowered in 2019 with a 8Kw electric motor and Torqeedo batteries.
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Old 08-11-2020, 22:33   #153
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I have a 1976 Albin 7.9 Meter quarter tonner. She could use some cosmetics with regard to upholstery (a bit dated) and the gel coat is thin on deck in spots, but what a GREAT sailing, DRY boat! She's not a speedster, comparatively, but she's a delight to sail....
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Old 09-11-2020, 08:14   #154
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1982 Moody 27 just replaced original volvo penta md7b with beta 20 due to engine seizure
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Old 09-11-2020, 18:34   #155
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1996 Royal Passport 47. New Standing Rigging 2019. Had mast and boom pulled, sanded, inspected and repainted too.
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Old 09-11-2020, 20:19   #156
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I'd say the most interesting statistic shown is that 75% of the boats are over 30 years old...
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Old 09-11-2020, 23:08   #157
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I'd say the most interesting statistic shown is that 75% of the boats are over 30 years old...
Indeed. I continue to be surprised at the dominance of older boats. Had you asked me to guess at the average age of CF boats would be in the mid/late teens, perhaps early 20 at the oldest.

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Old 10-11-2020, 05:47   #158
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1978 Hunter 37C...42 years old and going strong
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Old 10-11-2020, 09:24   #159
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The sudden jump moving from the "26 to 30 years" data point to the "31 to 35 years" is what is so interesting to me.

Thirty years ago is 1990. Nearly 75% of respondents here say they own boats that were built in 1990 or earlier. And nearly 30% have boats built earlier than 1980.

What effect are we seeing here? Economics? Sheer numbers of boats built in those times vs later? Demographics?

Interesting...
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Old 10-11-2020, 09:35   #160
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:24   #161
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Could the numbers of old boats on this list have anything to do with the perception that older designs are more classicly 'beautiful' than more contemporary lines? I'm of the opinion that is often the case. I know finances are a lot of it for a guy like me who spent his life as an educator without huge a huge salary. I also think that a sailboat can AGE quite well if one keeps up on maintenance items. What's to wear out? Engines, of course, sails, over many years, and rigs over time, but, with those things replaced, a boat can be almost as good as new....for a LOT fewer pesos....
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Given the boat I own (44-year-old classic double-ender), I agree with you Gary . I think boats of this era tend to look more aesthetically pleasing. New boats all look the same to me, but I know I'm horribly biased (and not very serious either ... please don't take offense).

I tend to think the reason we see so many older boats in this survey (and presumably on CF) is due to basic economics. As you point out, good old boats can still be excellent quality if they've been maintained and upgraded over the years. And there are still a lot of them out there, so unless you're really drawn to newer designs, the choice to go older and cheaper seems quite sensible.
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93 lagoon 42 tpi
1 year old to us
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Given the boat I own (44-year-old classic double-ender), I agree with you Gary . I think boats of this era tend to look more aesthetically pleasing. New boats all look the same to me, but I know I'm horribly biased (and not very serious either ... please don't take offense).

I tend to think the reason we see so many older boats in this survey (and presumably on CF) is due to basic economics. As you point out, good old boats can still be excellent quality if they've been maintained and upgraded over the years. And there are still a lot of them out there, so unless you're really drawn to newer designs, the choice to go older and cheaper seems quite sensible.


One thing also is I think boats built before the 80s (definitely the 90s) are tougher built and in many cases are overbuilt. Thus they are still perfectly functional and in many cases still perform at a high level.

My 1978 boat has a 1”solid hull that can surely take some abuse. Even my decks, which are cored, have about a solid 2/3” of fiberglass on the outside before it gets to the wood core.

I definitely agree that the swoops and lines of boats from the 60-80s look better than the bricks getting sailed today. Those lines were
due to builders making sure their boats met racing rules if I’m not mistaken vs today builders are worried more about amenities and modern comforts.
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our boat was built in 1998

i for one am astonished at how many older boats there are here. would you drive a 40 year old car ?

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1973 Mgr v6
1977 gmc motor home
1979 house :-)
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And the boat is a 1977 C&C 27
Not sure the age of the rigging but the mast comes down every year and is examined each year before stepping so far so good

My spouse is a 1955 model

But it all works and is regularly maintained
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