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Old 01-04-2014
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Re: An idea for a new voyaging sailboat

I find that when you ask somebody if they are interested in XYZ they often say yes but when you ask for money they disappear. Even if 1000 people say yes it doesn't mean a single boat will sell. I'm just saying

It seems with all the great second hand boats on the market and the fact that at least here is the US that the market is on the verge of crashing that there are far too many great used boats to warrant purchasing new for most people.
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Re: An idea for a new voyaging sailboat

I'm not so sure. They seem to be trudging onward- Adventure 40?It?s Happening! Demand for these types of boats certainly doesn't seem to be all that great, but they seem to have enough interest in this project to continue bringing it to fruition. I think they are planning to build the first boat, enter it in the Newport-Bermuda race, then tear it apart to see what needs fixing/bolstering, then begin production. It's slow progress, but I'm not in any hurry. It will probably be another 6 or 7 years before we will sell this boat and buy whatever we settle on by then. We could buy a cheap boat now, and go now, but then I'd lose a pension that I've already worked 22 years for as well as whatever health insurance coverage the government lets us have by that time.. Anyway, these last couple of years, my wife and I have been thinking more about high latitude cruising, so we've been looking more at the aluminum cruisers (Ovni, Allures and Boreal)- I'm saving my pennies!
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Re: An idea for a new voyaging sailboat

Personally I am all for building custom.
there is something to be said about knowing every little detail of your boat.

That being said, It's a whole new challenge.
One of the hardest parts is listening to everyone tell you that It will cost way more than anticipated. Some of the figures thrown around are absolutley ludicrous. With a little elbow grease, know how, and ingenuitiy an offshore ready boat can be put together much cheaper than some people seem to think.
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