Originally Posted by mitchbrown
Ive been on new boats and things break or dont work, wire connectors that have problems and need to be traced down and fixed, exhaust fitting cracks. If you think you can buy any boat and not have to continually work on it you are mistaken. All boats even new boats are a continual work in progress.
This is my thought too. There is nothing that says that because it's new it's not going to break and 100k+ less up front is a significant chunk of change to oversee some upgrades or deal with issues as they arise.
That said, we're talking about sailboats - this isn't something that comes down to practicality. There is a big difference between an 84' Irwin and a 2007 Catalina. Which boat do you really want?