Re: What made you buy your boat?
When it came time to retire, having not lived in a house since 1969, it seemed logical to buy another boat, after all, I didn't know squat about houses. I've always said a house is a poorly built boat that won't go anywhere.
I wanted 5 things on my "last" boat, not necessarily in this order.
1) a real bed, center line and walk around
2) an engine room; I'm just too old to crawl around in confined spaces
3) all roller furling; the bee's knees, in my opinion, especially because I was single handing
4) electric winches; single handing a 50' ketch, I can use all the help I can get
5) a bridge; a real, enclosed steering station w/ heat & air
I got 4 of the 5 on the Pearson; no bridge, woe is me, no just kidding.
Been constantly sailing her since purchase w/ 2 trips to the Caribbean and one north, 4 round trips to Grenada from St. Thomas and heading for Grenada again next month, for the hurricane season.
So this boat worked out very well for me and I'm not a single-hander any more, which I have to credit the boat for, because I'm sure nothing special.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.