In another thread i said I had an Avon inflatable and just brought a seagull O/B . Some one replied saying basically why the hell any one would buy one of them? mind you they do have there supporters. I couldnt think of a short answer so how about a long one.
For 13 years I have owned a double diagonal Kauri mid 70s Nova 28 which is an extremely sedate craft made even slower with bilge keels. At first I had grand ideas of upgrading everything, new engine, electronics, furling sails, new sails etc. But after a while i thought whats the point , none of it is really going to make her go faster although somethings make things safer so moved a bit there. So the question is what is the purpose of owning such craft, its certainly not an appreciating asset, so it all boils down to preservation of a bit of history. I find it somewhat sad to see kauri yachts and launches for that matter rotting away so the main mission is keeping fresh water from getting into the decks and below which in the long run takes a sh*t load of money and time. Once they deteriorate to a certain point you have lost it. So I am increasingly keeping her as original as possible, original yanmar single diesel, hanked on sails , even get a bit excited when I find pulley blocks in the parts box with Made In New Zealand on them so on they go rather than those colourfull holey jobs. Thats not to say I havent given up on some things, she had a mechanical wasp log that i gave up on . I used to use a bit of cord with a weight to find anchorage depths in the Gulf which was kind of rewarding in some strange way. Have now got electronic depth and speed but ironically cannot get it to work yet. Never had a plotter but used paper charts and a pencil with a tramping GPS. Have only sailed the gulf and Gt Barrier. So with all that in mind that is why I have an Avon and seagull.