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Re: How old is too old II: Design
I think there are two reasons why people buy old boats: price or aesthetics. There is no question that an older, well-maintained boat is the cheapest way to get out on the water. One can overlook a boat's shortcomings when the price is low. No doubt, design has come a long way since the days of Carl Alberg, but those old Albergs are an affordable way to get out sailing. Just don't expect performance. Just look at how many of these old "plastic classics" are out there still cruising. The other reason to buy an older boat is purely emotional. A Bermuda 40 or a Baba is a lovely boat in the eyes of many people and they are willing to accept less performance (and perhaps more maintenance) for the pleasure of owning something beautiful, regardless of the cost of ownership. Another thing to consider is that most of the inherent problems with old boats are known now (Cal mast step support, Formosa steel and tanks etc.) so one can buy with one's eyes wide open.