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Re: Bob Perry's take on Wolfenzee's dream boat
Stock production boats do fill a niche, and they have never been cheaper. You dont have to live on one long to get your money back in saved rent fees. Friends went to the Caribean and bought a cheap plastic boat, and had their own boat in the Caribean, a disposable, and after a few weeks , they were financially ahead of the cost of a hotel room . I have heard that there is whole fleet of such boats which change hands there every season. I have advised people wanting to try sailing, to buy a palastic cheapie and try it out. However, if you plan to live aboard long term in colder latitudes, and cruise year round in log strewn BC waters, or offshore long term, none of my clients, including those who started out in stock plastic boats considered it a reasonable option, and all have swithced to steel boats, with no regrets. There is also the option of buying an older boat with a good rig, gear and engine and transfernig it to a new hull. A freind was given and older, write off hull with a good rig , sails winches, etc etc, saving himself a fortune . He is installing it on his new BS Heretic 36
What does piss me off is when people of low income are conned into believing the price tag has anything to do with how good a piece of gear is, in functional terms. When someone says "Cheap" I interpret that to mean "Resourceful" or" Environmentaly responsible " given that ones personal environmental footprint is measured by how much money one goes thru. The opposite, a big spender, can be intepreted as "Environmentally irresponsible."
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Last edited by Brent Swain; 06-24-2013 at 06:38 PM.