I went on Thursday. The my wife (the CO) said I didn't get enough stuff from the vendors, and made me take her back on Saturday. I love that woman....
My intended use is liveaboard/workaboard, and extended cruising. That tailors what I look at.
IPs. Um. I'm sure they're nice boats, but they don't grab at my heart.
Sabre. Nice. Again, I like the 386 more than the 426. It seems to make better use of available space.
Caliber. I went on both the 47 and the 40. I expected to like the 40, after looking at the layout and specs on line, but was disappointed. The deck camber on the side decks made travel forward feel very insecure to me. Also, the nav station is side-facing, and the hull curve eats up all my leg room. Since I work on my laptop most of the time, a functional nav station for long use is important. I had a strong preference, and was surprisingly taken with, the 47.
Pacific Seacraft. I was surprised they were there. Allegedly the new owner of PS, from North Carolina, was there as well. I didn't meet him, though. Very nice boats. The only thing I didn't like was that I whacked my head on the dodger coming up on the 40. On the other hand, I would want to wait a few years to establish the financial viability of the new company before dropping that much cash on a new boat!
Morris. Nice, but not really practical for me.
Delphia 40. One of my top three favorites. I hated the layout on this one, but they offer a traditional salon for the 2-cabin model. Comfortable, functional, seemed to be reasonably well built. I like the skylights.
For a base price of 214,000, it seems like a good value.
Hylas. Ya know, I've always said I love the Hylas. I referred to Powerball tickets as "Hylas fund tickets." I really like the layout and looks down below (I'm talking about the 46 - no need for bigger). Good features. Good finish. That said, I've now been on the 46 three times - at the Annapolis Sailboat Show - and NOT ONCE has the salesperson on the boat said so much as "hi" to me when I stepped aboard. Clearly, I'm not part of the white trouser crowd, or whatever they're looking for. Maybe they have a five year waiting list. Whatever. I'm not going to spend 600K on a boat from people who can't be bothered to speak to me.
Grand Soliel. Nice boat. Don't care for the layout below. She feels fast, even sitting at the dock.
Valiant 50. Wow. I was disappointed. I had a hard time getting down the companionway. The hatch was narrow/short, and the ladder steep. If I had to come home to that every day, and try to get a backpack full of camera equipment down there, or carry down groceries, I'd be annoyed. Everything else was great, but the companionway made her a no-starter for me.
HR 37. This was an interesting design. Probably the best use of space I saw. They decided to drop the passageway overhead way down rather than making her profile boxy. Great finish work. Fantastic engine room! I can't see spending that much, though.
Najad 440. Holy smokes. That's one beautiful boat. Unfortunately, it costs a million bucks, literally. I prefer the CC model (personal preference). Great interior. Great features. Fantastic deck! Felt very comfortable to me. I now buy "Najad fund" tickets.
Oh, the Shannon. Again, great boat, but didn't tug at my heart.
I notice a lot of my reactions are now based on aesthetics rather than the "oh cool electronics" factor.
P.S. The crab dip at The Federal House is outstanding....