"Would you expect to get back what you spent on a new boat? You lose about 20% the minute you leave the dock for the first time."
you guys do not see the boat as anything but a toy. of course a new boat is bettter than an old one---TO A COLLECTOR OF TOYS, that is the case.
if you see a shape of boat nowadays you like that isnt a brand new ugly plastic thing with no character, yes, you will agree that there is no value in an old fg boat....
HOWEVER, if you dislike the current trend in boat design, there are many designs that are classic and no longer built.
designed to sail tradewinds and still able to so do after all these years--
i am finding that repairs are not all that pricey , and every penny spent in refurbishing my HOME is well spent.
i have found the only souls worried about the durability of fg are those who sit at a desk and chop on typos....... if you were out here sailing a nice old plastic classic, you would have much more intelligent things to say about them.
i love the solid aspect of my boat---hull is solid and sound after ..ok do the math0---shje was born in 1976 and only laid down on a breakwall in santa barbara by a drunken idjit one time. he no longer owns this boat --lol---but i KNOW mine can withstand some abuse without holing.
i know i can anchor over a rock, accidentally, and still have a hull intact. btdt.
i think i cannot say the same about many of the brand now models. they surely dont have the character oldies have.
besides, they are affordable...rodlmao...even for those of us living on limited incomes. ES[PECIALLY if the owner of the old plastic boat finds a dcent derelict repair guy in strange pair a dice-ical places..
i win. 10k to buy and less than 5k so far to refit completely--yes i still have work to do , but i am not stoopit by dong this work in highpricedville,usa.
i also know about boat construction, so that is a large consideration.
i LOVE my old plastic pos with all teakwood interior, and wood with fg overlaid coach house---btw--you all know that green teak is no longer available, dont you>? may have to change wood types used fro your reconstructions if you dont try to preserve your teak now. green teak is what they made boats with...now it is all kiln dried.