37 base price was 178 earlier this year (not including commisioning, taxes or much else). we're just looking and thinking still, but i am enjoying the epoxy-glass and lead keel discussion and find it quite educational. thanks for all of the various responses.
i had thought a lot about it and one thing (possible epoxy disadvantage) i thought might come up, but hasnt yet, is puncture resistance. if the tensile strength is so much greater, to realize the weight savings, presumably the laminate is thinner (i dont know this as a fact, however), especially if cored. i think about this when avoiding the sometimes impressive number of logs we see around here. perhaps this isnt the case with a marginal increase in strength like switching to epoxy, but i imagine taken to the extreme (say, carbon fiber/epoxy composite) built to the same stiffness as a GRP hull, it would be rather fragile.
blt2ski yes, we have met with richard in vancouver, but as it turns out he moved to the tartan/C&C/bavaria dealer - we found out by surprise as we were looking at a tartan 3700 CCR this past weekend (which along with the hanse brings up the discussion of the merits and deficiencies of self tacking headsails, but i think that was another thread). btw, sorry we weren't at bedwell in june, we were actually at roche harbor that weekend - nice little place! we're stopping at Sucia Is on our honeymoon later this month, perhaps you might know if Shallow Bay is too shallow for a 5 and a half foot draft? the books say 1 to 1 1/2 fa, so i figured coming in on a flood tide would be reasonable (??)