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Re: Are Boats Built in the 70's Just Too Tired
This above might be the best advice in the thread, if you're pushing your budget and are unsure if you can get the quality of boat you need for the money you have just go smaller! Having crewed all over the Med on a 32 foot cruiser from the early 80's every time I see the pictures I'm surprised again much boat it actually feels like. Lots of guests and people who are unfamiliar with the boat flopping all over the place in every breath of wind (ie. a typical weekend/daysailer scenario) makes a boat feel tiny. Getting it down to just the few people who live and crew full time and move about the boat like they would their living room changes everything.
Not only does everything get cheaper, it's all much easier to deal with and far more forgiving of many types of mistakes. Pretty much once you have headroom and space for the entire crew to stretch out and read a book at the same time you have plenty of boat. Anything beyond that is a luxury for when you have more money to spend.