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Well said Woosh. I''ve always liked the looks of the Pacific Seacraft line, particularly the PS 37, which I think was their flagship for a number of years before the 40, and 44 were developed. And 20 years ago, I think these boats were probably among the top ten off shore cruisers. But as you mentened, time & technology keep charging ahead, and if you don''t update your design, you get into a death spiral: fewer and fewer sales, higher production costs, with less money for reinvesting/retooling.
While many builders have gone with vinylester resin through out (which is more than twice as strong as polyester), PS still only uses it for the outermost hull layer. And these boats are built like tanks, with all the trappings of heavyweight: big engines, heavy rigs, low SA/D & high D/L.
Having said all that, I''d still be proud to own one, because there''s noting ''ordinary'' about them; they were designed to go offshore, and they look the part.