Nah, a new boat would be much better. Instead of having the time to type on sailnet, you'd spend your nights worried sick about who is marring your brand new boat up while you're not there. You'd be perpetually p.o.'d about the seagulls crappin' on your deck, instead of shrugging and noticing how, with faded gel-coat, you hardly notice. Eventually you'd notice how many things you can't get at on your boat because they've molded a liner over them and you'd worry about that too. You've probably gotten all those things out in the open now and fixed them better than new. With a new boat you'd be reduced to asking guys on sailnet what to do about kids wetting the bunks; with your boat it's just an additional pattern on that '81 disco-den fabric your cushions are covered with.
In five years, a new boat is going to be an old boat. Not a real old boat, but not new. "Gee, I thought that would have lasted longer" might become the only sea shanty you know.
Besides, wasn't your last boat an LST? Whatta ya', gettin' picky now? Never met a jarhead who wasn't just glad the boat was floatin', he had someplace flat to lie down, and what he had to eat looked eatable at one point in time! (a vbg!)
“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.