I don''t agree with the basic premise that Toyotas are all that great. My neighbor is now on his third Camry within 15 years, while we''re still driving the same 87'' Mercedes - which runs and looks great! Also, even though the MB is about 17 years old, it still has better brakes (still the most important safety feature on any car) than the my neighbor''s new Camry. (What''s up with that - Toyota?)
On the topic of sailboats, Doesn''t ''purpose'' matter when it comes to how well built it may be? Clearly, racing sailboats are made as light (but just strong enough to handle race conditions) as possible relative to their size and amount of sail area. Also, they may have just enough room for storing and handling sails. Being light and having just enough space for sails may be very good for racing, but not so good for a boat that will be used for cruising offshore.
Lastly, I do agree that, for the most part, newer boats (and cars) are better built than boats (or cars) of a decade or more ago.
~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~