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Re: Cruising vessel questions.
I am with the crowd here. 50+ is a lot of boat to handle short handed. It's doable, but a lot of work, and you become very dependent on the systems to work for basic boat handeling. That being said, I grew up on an Irwin 54' and would highly recommend it in this class. Lots of room, very comfortable, and huge tankage. And we never had a proble with the boat itself.
Tdw, a large part of the drop in prices for older boats is that most of them are due for major refit work. Try pricing out a new engine, generator, AC's, and a rewire job, and the price starts to shoot up quickly.
As for the Formosa... I wouldn't ever buy or own a large boat with a wooden mast. The maintenance on them is just to high, and any dereliction in doing it regularly can lead to major issues down the road.
Last edited by Stumble; 10-14-2013 at 05:15 PM.