Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Fingerlakes & Great Lakes New York
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I think that these last three posts have said it all. Every boat to it's use.
Maybe the original question should have been stated something like.....
What boats/models/years might be know for problems I should be on the lookout for?
It seems every maker has a model, or set of model years that have an inherent problem or two.
I have a great respect for Tayanas; but didn't they have a year or two when they tried an experimental epoxy or lamination that turned out disastrous? Maybe it was another maker, but you get my point.
I know there are way too many examples of this to cover all of the possibilities; but there seem to be some that come up with fair regularity, adn it would be a much more productive conversation than "Yacht XYZ is a bunch of CRAP!!!!!"
More useful would be, "If looking at Yacht ABC, watch for ##$$#, because in the mid -90's they did this or that...."
I agree with the slamming of Catalinas, Hunters, etc; it's just ridiculous. If Catalinas were so bad, why are so many from then70's and 80's still sailing with happy owners. Simple answer; they answer a need; and for people with that specific need, they are the best answer.
My 2 cents worth and "you get what you pay for"...(meaning my opinion, not referring to boats)......
I got an Old Fat Boat
She's Slow But Handsome
Hard In The Chine, but Soft In The Transom
I Love Her Well, And She Must Love Me
But I think It's Only For My Money
. ..... Gordon Bok