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12-14-2011 08:05 PM
1963 Rawson Ketch ... Forever

I feel for you wood core guys, my 1963 Rawson ketch is solid fiberglass. It is a bullet proof 5 kph. It is heavy, 12,000 pounds in a full keel 30 foot ketch, but I am in no hurry. It stores everything I need and then some. The surveyor said it would outlast me!
For the wife and I, we live aboard summers while we cruise. So I will keep her for the duration. Plus I can't get over the compliments that I get for having an plastic classic in Bristol condition.
12-14-2011 07:48 PM
tdw Peoples,
I've started a new thread on Off Topic to discuss the economic questions raised here. Some posts have been copied (not moved, just copied) to that thread.
12-14-2011 09:36 AM
patrscoe Maybe 10 yrs or so. I am in my mid/low 40's and hoping to do more extensive cruises when our kids are in college, which is another 9 to 10 yrs. Perhaps purchasing a larger and more of a offshore design. That's the plan but money, children's college, health, etc... will play a factor into this.

Our current sailboat will outlast our plans.
12-13-2011 10:14 PM
fryewe I have owned my NS27 since '83. Figgered she would be the only boat I ever owned. She was a bit precious considering my income at that time, and I didn't think I could afford to buy another boat later. I was smitten by her. She is paid off (you'd expect after 28 years). I gave her my Mom's name so now I can't get rid of her. She will outlive me, and I will pass her on to my granddaughter.
12-13-2011 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by tdw View Post
Australia in recent years has most certainly caught the "it must be new" disease. Second hand car prices have most certainly plumetted, new boats depreciate faster than they once did.
From what I understand the economy in Australia is booming, unlike the United States.
12-13-2011 12:43 AM
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
1) A long time, because finances don't let me get something bigger.
2) Hopefully at least as long as intend owning her for
Well said, Paul.

I would also add that for the 2 of us, 30' meets our needs. Further, going bigger means more boat systems to learn and more $'s needed for improvements.

Instead of buying a different boat, I can see spending money on additional improvemens that increase our enjoyment. However, I doubt if those improvements will significantly affect the boat's re-sale value.
12-12-2011 11:40 PM
JedNeck I bought my Cal21 over the summer as a stepping stone boat, with the full intent to sell her next year after learning to sail her...but she just fits our needs so well with her swing keel for the thin water in front of our dock and the ability to trailer anywhere we like. Add to that the ability to sleep 4, low maintenance and no moorage on our dock or in our driveway and she is near perfect, for now.

We plan to keep her now for at least 5 years when living aboard becomes a viable option because the kidos are out of the house.
12-12-2011 09:53 PM
Originally Posted by tdw View Post

I'd also be very interested to see to what extent what is rapidly becoming a European economic meltdown will alter the European mindset.
I would not be that interested because if things go really bad on Europe you will have a world crisis far worse than the last one and chances are that some big economies that are very connected like the American and Japanese will suffer heavily and I will not know till what point because the factors that are behind the European crisis are common to Japan and to the United States. They are there waiting to explode and may well explode.

Why do you think that Australia, Japan and United States are buying European debt even if it is a risky affair? Well, the answer is obvious, nobody will do a bad business if it has a possibility of not doing it


12-12-2011 09:24 PM
tdw Australia in recent years has most certainly caught the "it must be new" disease. Second hand car prices have most certainly plumetted, new boats depreciate faster than they once did.

I confess I am old fashioned in this respect. Sure I owned new cars but quite frankly I doubt I will ever buy another. Both our cars were a few years old when we bought them and have still given us long faithful service at a considerable price advantage to the same model bought new.

To some extent boats are a bit different cos systems on older boats are difficult to repair or to have repaired but even so I am content to go with a ten year old model from a builder of good repute though I can understand why the racers among us like to have the latest go fast bits and pieces.

I'd also be very interested to see to what extent what is rapidly becoming a European economic meltdown will alter the European mindset.
12-12-2011 09:10 PM
dhays I'll have my boat for as long as my wife and I find we are enjoying her. I have no idea how long that may be. My folks used their Catalina 36 extensively year round with my father having a fatal stroke while they were anchored out in BC at the age of 74.

Right now, a sailboat works for us. Who knows in 10-20 years? If we are still sailing in 20 years, I think it likely that we will still be sailing our C400. It is only 6 years old and was built well. How long it lasts will be entirely up to my being diligent with maintenance. We certainly won't go larger.

As others have mentioned, it certainly is possible that as we age, we may opt to move to a stinker, something comfortable with a displacement hull. For now however, we are happy with our boat (we are very fortunate) and our only complaint is not enough time to enjoy it more.
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