Yes, I am from Canada, how did you guess? LOL
$25,000 CAD converts to approx $15,000 USD. From what I have seen for sale this doesn''t seem too high?
I guess my main question is both being fairly equal boats except for the custom work done on the 1971 model, which is better, saving the money now or heading into problems later with an older engine, and having to pay for it then? I know there are many boats of all models out there and very few have new engines...
One thing I would look forward to with the less expensive boat is the chance to customize it myself, where as the other one has a lot done already (in someone elses taste).
I saw some of your pictures, ndsailor, and I love what you have done with your boat!