" its boats like the old westsail that are used as examples of the best of the blue water cruisers made,"
I'm not buying this. I need you to be specific. I consider the Valiant 40 to be one of the best cruising boats ever built and I sure as hell wouldn't lump it in with the Westsail. I do consider the Westsail one of the very best production offshore boats of all time. But I don't think that this just spreads by contact or association to every old traditional designs. Some were great boats in their time and some were not, in any time. I don't generalize.
But you are Bob, your saying that modern designs are better and that is a generalization of the first order.
Valiant 40? never heard of it but I am going to look it up. What I know comes from rags like latitude 38, the yachtsman, and the forums
Just seems to me if these new designs are so very good then I would see news clips once in awhile about the miraculous survival of a bill Johnson yacht, but I don't.
Ok, allow me to be a smart ass for a moment. Maybe that's because the owners of the modern better performing boats are smarter and don't get caught out in survival situations.Or, (less smart ass) the modern better performing boat is able to sail it's way out of those situations and not require survival tactics. The ability to go to weather well can be a life saver.
Sir, your exactly right. These are the same people that bought new westsails back in the days of old and made them famous.
In your defense one of the reasons new models have failed to achieve the status of some older designs: I generalize here to keep from pointing fingers and offending someone. Is because of more advanced electronics that allows them current weather sea data instantly anyplace on the globe. That technology wasn't born back then so mariners were bound to get caught off guard.
Or, the modern better performing boat is able to sail it's way out of those situations and not require survival tactics. The ability to go to weather well can be a life saver.
I'll give you that one, good point. Couple that with better performance, modern materials the new instrumentation available now I'll bet even a dunce like me could make it safely across the bath tub.
I still find this argument rife with generalities that make it irrelevant...
Bob, have you ever sold used cars?......chuckle
Oh, that Bill Johnson.
You'd like him