Jeez, Guys, you must be awfully tender if my keyboard''s vertual zephers ruffles your sails more than a stiff nor''easter.
You folks have me very wrong. I have nothing against people buying inexpensive boats and enjoying them for what they are. I am not an advocate of going out and buying the latest and greatest.
Pretty much all of my adult life I have purchased comparatively inexpensive boats. (with the exception of my Laser 28 which was nearly new when I bought her), every boat that I have ever bought has needed some degree of restoration. This has allowed me to own a bunch of interesting boats.
I come to this, as with any of the Bulletin Boards that I participate in to learn from the discussions that take and to help others. When someone asks about a particular boat that I actually know something about, I try to descibe what I know as acurately as I can. I try not to hype a boat up, but neither do I sugar coat my comments. To do otherwise is a disservice to the person asking the question of to others who read this discussion to learn.
While there are people who are very defensive about one manufacturer or another (go back and read my comments on the Morgan 43 that occur earlier in this thread and tell on which line
"my unbelieveable predjudice against Morgan occurs.) and they may get defensive when they fell I have gored their sacred cow, in general my comments seem to be well recieved.
Not everyone has to buy the same boats that any of us would buy for ourselves. Chill Dudes. Most of us like or can justify the boats that we own, warts, pimples, and all. And while each of our current boat may be the exact right boat for each of us in our current situation, in describing our experience with a particular make and model to someone who has posted a question looking for objective opinions, we should each try to be fair in our assessment and let the chips fall where they may.
So chill Dudes. Grab a beer and celebrate the beginning of a new year and that the amount of sunlight getting longer with each passing day. I''d be delighted to raft up with you and I''ll bring the beer. (If you want to discuss this further off the board feel free to email me at <email@example.com>) For me, I''m going back to discussing boats.