Difference in boat prices?
Thanks for your thoughtful and interesting response Jeff. I have been a lurker and occasional poster on sailnet for the last two years and have to say that you are one class act. Doesn''t surprise me at all to learn that you enjoy Old Joe Green :-)
I would be willing to pay up for safety but not really for speed. If something like the Beneteau is as safe, in terms of the failure point of its components and structure, as a more expensive and lighter boat then I would be very happy with the Beneteau as I am not looking to win anything, just for a rock solid boat that can make good time. For example, you mentioned something like a carbon fiber rig, is this just lighter or is it also less likley to come down than the rig that comes with the Beneteau in bad seas?