There are new boats out there with fantastic build quality...
I just wish I could afford them...
There are others that are built to look good in a marina but are pretty obviously not supposed to be sailed at any heeling angle (or possibly not sailed at all. Look at the brochure with vases of flowers etc in the photos and ask the sales rep "and where do you recommend to stow those before you go to sea?")
I helped to deliver one new boat
where the bilge pump
actuator was on the starboard side of the sump but the pump
was on the port side. When heeling to starboard with a little water
in the sump, the pump
ran continually but only pumped air.
Solution was easy, a sponge and a bucket soon solved
On the same boat the fridge was made up of two large drawers with a latch to hold them shut.
OK so go down below to make the skipper
a cup of tea when heeling to starboard and undo the clip...
Both drawers come out and hit you in the chest...
Remove the milk, add some to the skipper's tea, and replace the milk...
Now try to close both of the fridge drawers when the cabin
is too wide for your feet to get a purchase
on anything... and you need a third hand to click the latch over
Two days out of the builder's boatyard and both wheels had developed a six inch forward and backward wobble, and I had to go into the town and buy a 29mm socket and a ratchet bar so that we could re-tighten the wheel
If I ever do buy a new boat I would ensure that I get it delivered by someone sailing it then they may find the build quality faults.
But I am more likely to buy a used boat
where the previous owner has sorted out most of the problems!