Cruiser/Lats and Atts TV
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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Thank you to everyone who responded! It sounds like we might be on the right track, at least in terms of interest. I'll address some of your ideas, and see where it leads...
1. Negatives - I agree, especially if there are any glaring deficencies. Although as much as John was waxing poetically about the Passport 40, I'm not sure if there really are any for that boat! A few people mentioned the ills normally associated with Taiwan-built boats. Not all boats built there had those problems. Granted, the boat we were on was an '86 and she was in perfect shape, but there weren't any tell-tale signs of water intrusion, soft spots, loose stanchions, no black iron tanks or the like. However, if we do more of these and we're on a CT or Formosa for example that does have a history of certain problems, we will point them out. And that goes for sailing characteristics, too.
2. Prices - A few people touched on that. It would be dating the information, and we would want a decent shelf life for the review.
3. Specifications - Yes, I think it would be good to include at least basic specs and some line drawings/graphics. Xort said it best, though, a video is SHOW & TELL. Too many numbers and stats would bog something like this down. My inspiration (other than I just want to go on as many boats as I possibly can!) was that we can find just about anything online about most of these boats - statistcal data, etc. - but we really can't get "a feel" for what they're like. My own experience is that I may think I have found a particular boat I'd like, then when I am aboard I know it's not quite like it appeared in the broker's pictures, or that it sails like a pig. I'm hoping this can be a resource that keeps someone from flying 1,000 miles to look at a boat in person and be disappointed... (yes, personal experience).
4. More videos? I hope so! We had John say "...our continuing series..." in case we do more. And we'd like to, it's just finding the time (he is SUPER busy and I already have more than enough to do) and the money (travel expenses, time is money, etc.). But, when John gets back from Bequia we'll chat about the things you all have said, including the enthusiastic response to the idea in general.
5. Other boats - Good suggestions. We'll keep the list. We'll probably start with boats that are in one of his Used Boat Notebooks, though, so that the video acts as a supplement to the more detailed written piece. I'm actually envisioning a couple of DVDs, in two volumes to go along with both books. But from there, I can see a DVD on liveaboard or coastal cruising boats, maybe one on more "custom" boats, too...
Thanks again. We'll keep you posted on what we come up with.
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