New Boat versus Used Boat
Finished the book by Henry Holt of his cruise around the world. I liked it. The story starts out sort of sad and ends joyfully. His wife and he split up at the beginning. By the end he finds a new love and marries her. I hope everyone is happy.
However: the most interesting part for this writer is the new Island Packet 350 he uses for his adventure. I have sailed an IP 350 and they are nice boats... not for me, certainly for many sailors they are just the ticket. As he revealed his cruise I compared it to a similar cruise made by my friend Tim on Slick. Tim used an aged Beneteau First 37 that he refitted. At about the same place in the round the world cruise, 2/3 of the way around, both boats called out for a refit. Hmmm... Just a fact of life not about new or old at the start. I know how Tim sails and he is a gentle sailor. I can't comment on Henry's ability in any way. He didn't seem reckless. Links follow: