Re: Make do with wrong boat
We own a near-30 yr old boat ('84). Luckily she's the right size, has a good, liveable interior and is quite well equipped, maintained and upgraded. She's dated particularly in her "IOR" pinched ends design, they made cockpit compromises to accommodate a surprisingly liveable aft cabin/berth. As a result, when we raft up with our friends' and their Catalina 34s and 36s, et al, we suffer cockpit envy.
But that's really the only serious complaint we have, and we almost always walk off a 'new' boat at a boat show or brokerage thinking good things about what we've got.
Last year, though, we did think about updating.. something 10 years or so newer and started shopping around. Eventually we figured out we'd have to at least double what we'd get for our boat (in the current market) PLUS add in things like a decent battery bank (have it now) radar (have it now) feathering prop (have it now).. all the things we've spent the last 8 years improving and upgrading on the boat we have would go to ground zero, after spending that extra cash. All to 'improve' our cockpit, and at considerable cost to storage space and quality of finish below.
In the end we decided to do some more upgrades gradually, try to keep the old girl as current and pristine as we can. Unless there's an unknown rich relative in our future, I think this is going to be the last one. Which, in the end, is fine.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"