Seabreeze, believe it or not, I agree with you entirely.
For some sailing is about the romance of a by-gone era and certainly a knowlegable sailor with a touch of nostaligia might buy a Vanguard, keep her in reasonably sound condition, use her as a daysailer/overnighter and be served well.
Truth be known, when I am too old to handle bigger, performance oriented cruisers any longer, I imagine myself owning a Tartan 27 or Dolphin 24, putting her in sound condition, loving her dearly, and poking back into those shallow, quiet, coastal corners where the deeper draft boats that I have owned for the past 3 decades cannot dare to venture. That is not so different than my thoughts on folks who want to own boats like the Stone Horse or Vanguard.
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