The Baba 40, Tayana 37 and similar boats are quite different beasts than the Passport 40, Nassau 42 etc... even though they are from the same designer and probably of similar build quality.
All great offshore boats, and probably none of them backs up well under power, but besides that quite different in spaciousness and esp cockpit comfort.
Agreed, but my thought process was more in line with what I would buy with his budget. Also, none of those boats are exactly rockets in modern terms!!!
On the inmast, I will tell you that my opinions are starting to change on it. I am 'gulp' beginning to like it. We were in a hard blow the other day and I was pretty much singlehanding. I know you have put in a reef in a blow, Fast, it is never fun and verges on being (in my opinion) probably the most dangerous thing a singlehander can do under 'normal operating conditions'.
On the inmast (and inboom), it is merely a matter of cranking the engine, pointing winward for a moment, quickly reefing it in FROM THE COCKPIT, then falling back off and killing the main. Under some circumstances (I believe more appropriate for a crew of two), you can reef without even cranking the motor but I have reasons for not doing that - even if I do not use the motor.
The point being, for all their bad raps, I wonder if the great negatives of these systems do not come from the older inmasts and their periodic failures (and not the newer ones)? The only big gripe I have with the inmast is the loss of power and difficulty getting a good sailshape. But for someone whose is more interested in safety and ease then speed, they do have an appeal.
BTW, this would probably make a good thread topic and I think I will start one in General. It just made sense to comment here since he brought it up.