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I'm with you all the way.. it's a mystery and I can only put it down to a near-cult following and strong owners' group. Perhaps being a very unique, North American/Canadian build helps too, but CS would fall into that category to some degree.First off I like them esthetically, but I don't think they are for me. I keep seeing 30-36 footers listed for around $60,000 to $80,000 while other boats in that same size and quality have dropped way down. While many of these look to be well maintained, many don't look like they have had much in the way of updates. That makes sense given there KISS kind of style. Just an example:
1985 Nonsuch 30 with Ultra Layout | eBay
Is this person just dreaming or do they really sell at that price? Heck that one has no new electronics, original worn upholstery, granted it does look good on the outside.
They seem to be well made boats, but not that much better than other quality brands. I understand they have a unique rig and layout, but that has as many downsides as it does up sides. Heck it they really were the rig/layout to beat all there would be other companies making them. Why are they seeming to get about twice the money other equally well built boats? Heck they are listed at twice the price of many CS yachts. I just don't get it. Heck most of them have the propane water heaters that are not even installed in accordance with ABYC.
And I am not griping because they are out of my price range (though they are), just they don't seem to really be able to justify there price. It is not like they are a Hinkley or some hand made exotic boat.
While they seem very "roomy" - esp for their length - I think that impression suffers somewhat when you realize there's nothing ahead of that main bulkhead.
But I get the simplicity of the concept, I don't think they're underpowered in any way and probably are hard to catch reaching. I sailed a short beat last weekend 'against' one last weekend.. surprised how high they could go, but they definitely weren't as fast through the water.