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Old 04-17-2014
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
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Whats the price tag on that one? How any decades of cruising freedom does the average wage earner have to give up for that kind of "style over substance"? Will the joys of having that kind of interior, for a short remaining portion of one's life, be more fun than spending the same amount of money playing full time, for decades? Is posting pictures of a new, unlived in interior, as a comparison to one which has been lived in for decades ,an attempt to mislead.
Are would be cruisers who are gullible enough to buy it, likely to spend as much of their lives cruising, as someone with more practical, utilitarian priorities? Will they have more fun than those who took the "low cost, what works" route, instead of the "work most of your lives away, for the priorities of others" route?
Brent - that interior is 19 years old and the boat has been cruised extensively. Some people like nice things and tend to keep them that way. There are more pics on the owner's site of the interior when they were in Alaska recently. But no, it is not a boat for a Welfare type who just got out of the dumpster with his latest find. The boat is listed for $350,000

Boats like this do get cruised extensively. There is an older couple in Victoria who spent the winter in front of the Empress in their Waterline 45 - a comparable boat in a similar condition. About this time last year they were in London England. They sailed through the Northwest Passage to Victoria. When talking to the owner I suggested it was a lot more interesting than the Panama Canal alternative. He said they wouldn't have gone through the Canal but around the Horn AGAIN as they love it down there. They are typical of Waterline customers - they use their boats.

There are other people that buy nice boats and cruise extensively in them as well - Deerfoot and Sundeer for example. 32 boats with an average of over 55,000 miles per boat, one with 3 circumnavigations, several with 2, many with 1. Their interiors look good as well. You're not likely to meet them at the dumpster though.

Not everybody is or wants to be a bottom feeder, scraping along on the dole. Many work hard and well and want to enjoy what they can easily afford.

I'm not in that category but I can certainly appreciate those who are.

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