So many boats... so lit­tle time....

Passage Maker - - Yacht Builders & Designers -

A cou­ple of days ago I was up on the third floor of our 125+ year old world head­quar­ters (aka home). I was slid­ing re­cent is­sues of Pas­sageMaker into their plas­tic stor­age sleeves. Look­ing over the back is­sues (I’ve got them all) I was drawn to those in the old­est case. To be pre­cise I was drawn to the orig­i­nal con­cept is­sue and to the first PM is­sue pub­lished the sum­mer of ‘96. Wow things have changed quite a bit in the last 21 years. Some prom­i­nent boat builders from those days are still with us but many are not. On the other hand builders who hardly glim­mered back then to­day daz­zle new boat own­ers.

The change of­fered to peo­ple now look­ing for a pas­sage-ca­pa­ble boat is an ex­plo­sion of op­tions. Boats, you see, take on a life of their own. Avoid­ing some un­usual cat­a­strophic event, the boat of­ten be­comes a cher­ished posses­sion of owner af­ter owner. Some­one may have first strug­gled to bring a boat into ex­is­tence but it’s guardian two, three or more that brings it to its full po­ten­tial. Most boats that I’ve had any­thing to do with are still out there cruis­ing to­day of­ten for their more re­cent own­ers to en­joy.

For the buyer that means what­ever your bud­get, your op­tions are more var­ied than ever. Yes boat shows are filled with boats sport­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions, but that’s only the start. You also have decades worth of boats just wait­ing to be up­dated, im­proved and cher­ished once again with those you love. Writ­ing the big check for that new­est boat is only one path. A boat that you can recre­ate: bring­ing it along over months, maybe years can be even more re­ward­ing. It’s kind of like restor­ing our his­toric house (aka head­quar­ters) built in 1891, but, not by me.

But then that’s just my opin­ion.

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