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What do I buy??????????
This is the first time I do not understand someone''s post. I never heard of production naval architects designing yachts for a specific region - specific purpose but rarely region.
I do not think that because Tartans, for example are built in Ohio, that they should be sailed only on the Great Lakes. Does Maine never get choppy seas or gale force winds? I remember something about a "Perfect Storm" somewhere! By the way - I hardly think that a Saber Yacht, (properly outfitted), would "bob horribly in the English Channel". If it did, then everyone else would be for sure. And what is so different about sailing in the Med versus the Atlantic - except for the fact that a lot of men & women in the Med wear thongs.
It is my belief that a good architect would consider a balance of features in his/her design such as: hull integrity, solid rigging, reasonable light air performance as well as the ability to withstand gale force winds. It would also seem logical that no architect would want his boats purchsed in only one location. The manufacturer would be out of business quite quickly.
What I believe you may have wanted to convey is that majority of the boats features and the way it gets rigged should conform more to the area in which you sail. It would seem illogical to put heavy weight, (9 - 10 oz), dacron cruising sails on boats sailed only in summer on Long Island Sound.
Also, you assume that all owners selling their yachts are dishonest about how the boat sails. I, for one, resent it.
Asking others about how a particular model sails is always a good decision. And so is making the purchase subject to a sea trial. Sea trials don''t have to be limited to 15 minutes. When you get to that point and you''ve submitted your deposit, a full day of sailing is definitely in order. Also, it''s a good idea to be sure the surveyor does a sea trial as part of his survey and that you go with him/her.
Well - that''s my opinion.