That's sad.... It is people like me with their 23 to 30 foot boats who are looked down upon as if to say "that is all you could afford?"
In general, I agree with BJ's original post, although I have always opted for new. Generally, one has a certain amount of money to allocate to this hobby, so if you go new, it's smaller and has fewer bells and whistles...no, probably none. BJ mentioned why I go new, I like shiney new, even if it is small, and I am a believer that I'll have fewer problems that way. To me, it's a pay me now or pay me later situation. From the first day that I saw a sailboat, I was always wanting to eventually own one of those large 33 footers. I've almost gotten there after many years (74 years old). It's a 32 Catalina. But I agree with the thing about being looked down on. My first boat was a new McGregor Venture 24, and almost everyone beats up that brand, but you know, it did just fine for me, sold it at a profit. Then, came a new Kells 28, another off -brand. It did fine for 22 years. And I remember a comment from a owner of a Cape Dory 36. I don't remember the topic, it was just small talk, when he came across with a comment "boats like yours". Owners of Catalina, Beneteau, and Hunter all get the same treatment from time to time. Doesn't make any difference about size, it can be 23 ft. or 40 ft., new or old. All of these boats work just fine, new or second hand, smaller or larger. But when one gets the "is that all you could afford?" treatment, it tarnishes the dream considerably. And that treatment is not limited to boating, it's everywhere.When I was a youngster here at the Jersey Shore.. 30 feet of boat seemed huge and was about as big as most people went. Some had 33, some had 35, but most were around 30.. this was mostly powerboats. Sailboats were usually in the high 20s.
It is people like me with their 23 to 30 foot boats who are looked down upon as if to say "that is all you could afford?"
Well said sir....your boat is not "all you could afford". it is simply all that you need
Your assumption that bigger boats don't get used because of more down time for maintenance because they are big, and because people are working to pay for the boat may not be correct. A bigger boat does have more systems that require attention (new or older), but almost all boats spend lots (most) of their time moored or tied to a pier, so time is available for repairs. Also, the owner of a big, newer boat is more likely to simply call the marina and get them to do the work at any time. As to not using the boat because they are working to pay for them, that too might not be correct. With the bigger, newer boats, a good many of those people are well off. In addition to being busy with work, they often have other toys: time at the beach cottage, travel to Europe, time at the mountain home, travel to Las Vegas, not sailing because of going fishing on their other boat, etc.New boats can be as big a maintenance headache as an older boat. Just read the warranty stories about new boats, and these are boats people pay full price for. By the time these boats are used, the major headaches are solved.
New boats require more maintenance to keep up their value hence less sailing time whereas an older boat is already depreciated so maintenance for the purpose of "looks" can be allowed to slide.
Why would replace that? Id just unplug the power to the ABS pump. Me never like antilock brakes. In fact most things electronic in vehicles and engines or generators just make it more prone to failure and not to be able to be fixed out in the middle of the water. Give me mechanical back. Atleast I can fix it easier and cheeper.(snip) 300 bucks for a anti lock brake sensor, (snip)
So this is the boat:We need pictures of these "depreciated" gems. I can't remember how to post pictures or I'd have done so.