Re: Beneteau First 310
Mostly comes into play upwind. You wont point as high and wont track as well. So much of this comes down to your rating authority (assuming you're racing handicap) . Some give a lot of time to cruising keels, others are more harsh.
The good thing about the boat you're buying is that in 2 years, you could probably sell it for about what you paid for it since all the depreciation is gone in a boat thats almost 25 years old. Negotiate the deal right and it could work out for you.
On the other hand, it may be beneficial to go with a known quantity and find a sleeper boat thats already got an advantage in your fleet!!!
Here's another question. Are you winning a lot of local race hardware? I've found that in most club fleets, its the quality of your crew and how well you do tactics in a race more than boat design that determine this. However, if you're consistently finishing top 5 or even top 3...then those design aspects come into play. Are you really that competitive?
Last edited by night0wl; 11-14-2013 at 02:47 PM.