I have always subscribed to the mantra that:
"If it is not a boat your wife likes, you are not getting one"
Funny thing about (some) women they don't want to buy someone elses dirt unless it is a used house, then they will disinfect it. When it comes to a boat they often want a new one that does not have any PO's dirt.
The up side to a new boat is that it starts as a blank canvas to be painted/outfitted custom like to your wants/needs. Everything is new and state of the art, nothing to break down and you can take pride in your design of it.
Downside is cost, very expensive!
Buying used one generally gets all the extras they may want already installed, albeit somewhat outdated but at least it costs less, and the PO's have taken the initial depreciation loss. Used is a bit more economical but if the wife does not like it you will be sailing solo.
My edit to your quote. Sorry to contradict you but such an all encompassing statement is somewhat silly.
We bought our old girl three years ago when she was getting on for 15 years old. The Ms of the Clan Wombat was quite happy with the choice and had no complaints about buying a used boat. Indeed, for the last three years we have tromped around the Sydney boat show and in a realistic price range have only found one boat in that time which we would consider buying new. Yes we have seen new boats that we both liked but they have been well and truely outside our price range.
Almost certainly our next boat will be second hand and that is as much her choice as mine.
Ok, so it's wise to buy something that you both like but that's just common sense.
In regard to dear old True Blue (the boat not the bloke
) she actually comes across as a boat a lot of women would adore. Sure there are a couple of things about her that are not perfect to me but in general she was a boat that I'd have thought was female friendly. Yet from TB's posts it appears that the very things that make me think female friendly were the very things that Ms TB didn't like.
Horses for course kiddie, horses for courses.