Join Date: Feb 2000
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To a great extent I agree with you (for the second time in a day, someone call Guiness) about buying older boats. I tend to buy used boats and keep them for fairly long periods of time. Its not just a price thing (although by and large, given the 30K price tag on a ready to race new J-22 , I'm not sure that I could afford a new boat), having commisssioned new boats for a living, I look at commissioning a new boat as a lot more work than fixing up a reasonably maintained older boat. But beyond that, it takes a while for factory defects to show up in a boat, and buying used you are more likely to avoid lemons.
At some level, I really don't understand the 'must buy new' mentality, especially when it comes to boats manufactured in large numbers. I am especially baffled by the case of the new sailor who must buy new. There are so many critical decisions to make when setting up a new boat, that I find myself wondering what criteria these new sailors are using to make those decisions.