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Old 12-05-2006
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Some beautiful boats! Does wonders for my soul on this cold winter's day in Connecticut. Keep 'em coming.

Why a $500,000 day sailor? I think they are more practical than they appear at first blush. If my marina is any indication, most people use their boats for daysails, not cruising. Why lug around a condo when the only reason you go below is to get a beer, take a nap or pee (come to think of it, all three are related to the beer)? I spent some time talking to Gary Hoyt, the builder of the Alerion line of boats at the Miami boat show last Feb. I think the Alerion Express 28 started this trend; Gary told me that his philosophy is that anyone who has enough money to buy a boat likes to live the good life, and will probably opt to eat out and stay in a comfortable inn while in harbor. 500 grand is a lot of money and you wouldn't buy one if you had any intention of cruising, but you gotta admit that you would be turning heads wherever you sailed.
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