Boat Show Review
You have really hit the nail on the head. While I enjoy going to these shows, I did not for the entire year I was looking for my present boat. I knew it would be counterproductive, as I could not afford a new boat and it would only serve to either 1) push me into a newer smaller boat that would not suit my needs in the long run, or 2) frustrate me into going into a much higher priced boat for no good reason.
As it was, I spent higher than my original limit, but I did that for specific reasons and am most satisfied that I did.
And you are right, boats built 15 yrs ago are very different than boats built today. In some circumstances BETTER. Going through the show (as we talked about at Pusser''s) really reinforced my decision on Invictus.
I am glad I read somewhere on the net, "a less expensive boat out sailing beats a fancier expensive boat tied to the bank anyday".
I would also note that many of the classic designs, like a Gozzard 37, are quite a few yrs old. I have dock neighbors that have a (I assume) 80''s vintage Gozzard 36. It looks basically the same, with the same build quality and same layout (I think) as the Gozzard 37. Its $200k less than a new one. :O)
I went to the show expecting that a reasonably priced Jeanneau DS 40 or 43 or Bene CC 42 would be a major step up from my boat (a Wauquiez Hood 38) and thus something to consider for the future). I came away thinking how happy I am to have my boat and NOT one of those. In many cases their cabins were not any more spacious. Even after seeing boats I *would* like to have: Tartan 37 and 41, North Wind 43, Outbound 44, Silver Phantom 44 (at 700k, "800k nicely equipped")...I am still glad I have my boat...and the extra few hundred grand that I am not financing!
One last note...there is a wealth of information on how 80''s vintage boats hold up at sea and have held up over time (most of it from Jeff H ... only kidding...Jeff was sorely missed). And how these boats have held their value ... or not. Thus, you can make a choice based on 20/20 hindsight. Not a bad position to be in.
Great to see you