Originally Posted by bobperry
I hope the owner is responsible and will keep a watch when the boat is underway when that close to shore, as pictured above, Bob..
I think that an active user's group, along with whatever support is available from a designer/factory is an important consideration when selecting a boat. I have experienced two very different ends of that spectrum, when I went from my Catalina 30 (6,000 built, strong user's group, factory still in business) to my present CS 36 Merlin (< 100 built, weak user's group).
I really miss having the backup I had on the Catalina. Whenever I was puzzling about something, you could bet that someone had figured it out before me)
I would say, however, that my boat's designer, Tony Castro, has been quick and helpful in response to my occasional pestering.