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If trailering is in your plans, cross the Typhoon off the list. It is a beast to trailer and launch compared to the Capri. Also, some of the things that make the Typhoon among the most compellingingly beautiful boats ever built also make it a maintenance hog. That teak toe rail? Unless its been recently replaced, it is rotten somewhere and it leaks. Those salty round portholes? They leak. The mahogany gunwhales? I hope you love to varnish.
I bought my boat when my kids were toddlers, and I purposefully (albeit sadly) passed on the Typhoon and other similar designs because I knew my time would be tight (btw, it doesn't get any easier as they get older until they become teenagers and want nothing to do with you). And although I catch my breath every time a Pearson Triton or a Typhoon ambles by, I now know that the most beautiful boat is the one that gets used.
Best of luck, Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, Mr. New Boat Owner.