PS: Mr. “Super Moderator”…Jimmy Buffett said it best….Don't try to describe a Kiss concert if you've never seen it .
True that but R&B should have no problem seeing through such opinions. While very valuable, it should be clear that that opinions expressed by some self described experts are, well, ....
I mean it does not take one long to see that sailing is not a one size fits all endeavour. That moderator helped me decide on a boat when I realised that we do very different sailing, have very different budgets and different expectations.
Both these boats have advantages as first boats, like the ability to run aground without much drama. I know a real sailor does not consider how a boat handles being run aground, real sailor avoids it or goes slow if that is a risk or a number of other things.
But I'm not a "real sailor", I'm a guy that likes to play with his boat and that includes cutting across that sand bar into Pelican Bay (no no you can't made it!) or poke up the river a bit (oops gotta get ta hell outta there when the tide turned!) and sometimes I just screw up (the book wasn't kidding when it said shifting sand bars!). It is not so OK to me, as I know it is with real sailors, to have to be super concerned about ripping the keel off every time I touch a rock or run over a fishing net.
As a disclaimer there is nothing wrong with being a real sailor, in fact it is great and the knowledge invaluable to new and old sailers. I was a "real motorcyclist" with years of riding and a ton of bike knowledge and just like a certian moderator I gave out very similar advice.
Then, after a couple of decades (didn't say I was quick, LOL) I noticed that guys on Harley Davidsons were having lots of fun with their bikes. They are crap bikes by every measure, heavy, slow, poor or no brakes, completely gutless. Bikes with half the engine were twice as fast and stopped in half the distance at twice the speed. But lots of people have lots of fun on HDs, sure they are not "real motorcycles" or not good motorcycles but so what?
Now if someone is interested in such a bike I point out that yeah they are kinda dangerous with the poor handling, excess weight and poor brakes but if you ride them with that in mind they can give a person that true motorcyling experience. The rider will come to see that the low center of gravity, low seat height, torque, and community will prove that motorcycling is not a one size fits all kinda sport. Neither is sailing.
Not that I am saying the Albergs are the HDs of boats, LOL, but I like many of the quailities they have. For example: Wet boat. Yep not much freeboard there but that also means less windage and it helps keep down the center of gravity. It also makes for a tough boat as it has low freeboard and narrow beam so not much flexing in that design. I liked that.