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I want to buy a sailboat. I know how to sail but I don't know much about the boats themselves. I'm beginning the process of researching and purchasing a boat (which I will probably buy around 3-4 years from now).
My question is this: what is the difference between a boat like a Hinckley or a Swan versus a boat like a Tartan or Island Packet? I can't really figure out what justifies paying for a Hinckley (or equivalent boat - like a Swan) over a boat from a less pricey, but apparently solid boat builder.
Is the difference mainly aesthetic?
Are Hinckley boats safer than the cheaper boats? Do they last longer? Are they faster? Or, is it the same as with fine shotguns - where after you pass a certain price point you're basically just paying for looks, the name, and labor (I.e., hand etched receiver versus machine etched, for example)?
(Edit: I should mention that I would love to ultimately own a Hinckley. I've never been in one, but have seen them sailing and have seen pictures of their interiors on the web, and they look incredible. Whatever I end up with, I plan on purchasing a smaller, older yacht first so I can get a feel for what features and options I prefer. But in the end, when I buy my big boat, I don't think I can justify the Hinckley price tag if I'm just paying for aesthetics more so than longevity, safety, etc. I've never been able to bring myself to buy the Lexus or the BMW when I can get the camry for half the price.)