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Need Opion about boats...
I think that older, older boats of the quality we are talking about hold up extremely well, for the most part. I am talking about late 70s and early 80s Tartans, HR, Bristol, Sabre, etc. I don''t have personal experience looking at later model boats, as they were over our budget. But I don''t see why they''d be different...
I could offer some recommendations based on knowledge gleaned from our own extensive seach (with the help of a wonderful broker who exposed us to some boats we might have missed) if you like. However, you might have different needs & tastes than we did. Our main criteria was safety and build quality, given that we plan to cruise with our young daughter and want to have a boat that''s fully capable of bluewater passagemaking. We prefer a skeg-hung rudder and slightly deeper bilge... I would personally be uncomfortable in the flat-bottomed, deep-finned, spade ruddered sleds being made today. We did not want an old-fashioned full keel slowpoke but a nice cruising compromise. A Valiant would have suited us perfectly but was beyond our budget. We also prefer a classic look such as Tartan (our previous 2 boats were classic Tartans) and a well-made interior. We like a solid hull and a companionway where you don''t have to crawl over a 4 foot bridge deck... Center cockpit was a compromise for us between looks and liveability.
Sorry to go on and on. Point is, I can tell you some boats we liked but they might not be boats you''d like. Frer''s hylas are I believe more modern than our tastes.