I think the wealth of information here is amazing. From the reviews and articles, to the vast decades of experience of the sailors in sailing techniques and their personal experiences on particulars boats.
One thing that i've noticed is when people are looking to buy their own personal choice of paradise we call a sailboat is that they ask questions regarding suitability for a purpose.
Or, they ask for comparisons of boats for that same purpose. (or the more generalized, "I'm looking for somthing around 35 ft, what should I get)...
While some of us have been on one or two types or mfrs., some others have spent years on different boats of different types, for different purposes.
So, we chime in, giving our thoughts. I really think this is one of the best uses uses of our collective experiences.
The most frustrating part of that little equasion is that the people don't say wheather they have kids, or a spouse, or what the level of participation of those people are going to be, or better yet, they don't say what they'd like to use the boat for!
I mean, if you've got a couple of little ones, and s/o, do you plan to overnight, be a weekender, daysail, race, or what?
How "handy" are you, can you tell a sparkplug from an injector?
Are you able to learn (or willing) to do routine maintenance , or will the marina staff become more familiar with the internal working of your boat than you?
Is it important to be able to singlehand most of the time, or will you have "crew" to man the wheel while another heads to the bow?
Do you plan to coastal cruise, be lake bound, or are you going to sail off into the sunset?
I'm not saying that all sailboats are purpose built, but there are going to be some that are more suited than others for each of the criteria that is important to the particular purchaser.
One more thing. Some people are looking for "affirmations" after they've chosen their particular piece of paradise.
They say things like, I'm "looking at a frogbobber 41" for some coastal crusing and I'll be taking 3 kids, the dog, the cat, the wife and the girlfriend out for the weekend, whaddya think?"
Some people respond with something like " I dunno, the frogbobber only has 2 berths and 15 gallons of water, and 20 gallon fuel, and the engine is not much better than 2 squirrels in a cage, it pitches like a cork in a hurricane, you need 3 fulltime crew, the keel falls off about once a year, but its a great racer "
The prospective owner responds with "Yea, but" .....
well then, Cap't Ron, buy the frogbobber 41, be happy, and good luck to ya.
sigh... Its 10:35 on sunday, I'll be on the water by 11:00.
We are not primarily on earth to see through one another, but to see one another through
Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs