Re: New(er) vs. Old(er)
If you haven't already take a gander throught this thread currently running:
Buying a 30-40 year old boat - your opinions
I suspect many of your questions may be addressed here.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)