I am glad I didn't listen to the blogs
Just bought a 1996 280 after looking at all the others in the same division. I am not intending to race but have a stable comfortable platform for weekends.
We have been out several times and the boat gets a lot of looks even though it is not brand new.
All lines to the cockpit are great. We have owned power boats but new to sailing and think it is a great boat.
I can seee the issues that some purists have with the boat as it is too easy to operate and lacks some of the classic styling. Different was good to us.
I think it just depends on what you use it for as people always say here. Fits our needs perfectly for now and probably for quite a few years. I have seen some that really look like dogs though in fairness.
When buying after you check rigging, electronics above all she has to be pretty and we all have different tastes on what is pretty.