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Re: Buying a 30-40 year old boat - your opinions
...How many times have you been in a discussion about some modern production boat only to realize that you were talking about the 2002x version and the other person was talking about the 2004z variant - two entirely different boats? It's a marketing culture that's relatively new to boating, I think, in that boats are marketed more like cars. If you've got a 10-year old Beneteau, you aren't the big man on K dock. You envy the guy with last year's model. That churns those boats through the market, which is a very good thing for Beneteau and probably the reason why they are still in business and the folks at Valiant aren't.
I'm not sure what marina you hang out in, but around my way I don't see many people like this. But I hope you are right, because I would love to see more people in a hurry to unload their "obsolete" 10 year old production boats for a bargain. Many of us here depend on those 10 year old boats (and even older ones) for our next upgrade.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina