It’s not that I have a problem with being disagreed with or robust debate. But I would be a lot happier if those who denigrate my idea and Richard’s boat would come up with a better, or even alternative, realistic idea to address the basic problem of a good offshore boat for those new to ocean cruising.
Or maybe I’m just wrong about the whole thing, and there really is no need for a good, safe, reasonably priced, offshore boat that addresses the refit problem I talked about in the first post. And being that wrong is never a lot of fun, particularly in a large public forum. Or maybe I just got up on the wrong side of the bunk this morning.
Either way, I’m no longer having fun with this idea, and since we run this site for fun, and not profit, it’s time to move on to something else, at least for the moment.
Thanks very much to those of you who added to the idea and particularly to Richard who came up with a great boat.
I will close with my comment from yesterday morning, that many of you may not have seen:
I just don’t agree that the boat being discussed here is just another me-too boat. This is a fast, seaworthy, and ready to go around the world, offshore boat, brand new for less than US$200,000 (even after the owner adds electronics, dock lines, fenders, etc).
I have looked high and low in the new boat market and can find nothing like it under US$500,000. And I can also tell you, based on the experience of five major refits, that it would be nigh on impossible to buy an older boat and refit her to this level for the price. And even if you have the experience and skills to do a refit like that properly, it will take years of your time when you could be out sailing on the Adventure 40 (Model-T).
Having said that, if any of you know of practical changes to the specifications that could make it a better boat, we are all ears. Or if you know about another boat that will do what this one will at the price, we would love to hear about it.
No, the boat will not cure the world’s ills, or bring back 1970. And it won’t enable some poor victim of years of over-consumption, and financial mismanagement by politicians and business, to escape the realities of their debt ridden life.
But the Adventure 40 will, I believe, enable many more people to go offshore sailing in safety and comfort.
If we want to get anywhere at all with this, we need to remember what the late Dodge Morgan used to say, “The world is divided into two groups: Yea-sayers and Nae-sayers.” Which do we want to be?
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves, but please keep it civil and sensible.
Update 16th Feb
OK, I’m over my little hissy-fit. The Adventure 40 (Model-T) will live on with more posts coming.
A huge thank you to all of you for the great ideas and positive comments added to this post.