Originally Posted by caltexflanc
The electronics really aren't that dated and would be extremely low on my "list". And I'm a gadget type.
I'm glad you wrote this. I feel the same way. Having bought a 1988 boat with "older" electronics I do have plans to upgrade and replace it all eventually. However, it's not that high on my list. If the electronics are of decent quality (the ones on this boat seem to be) and still work, then it's not a big concern. Electronics becomes "obsolete" so quickly that keeping up is a losing battle.
My "older" electronics did a fine job of getting me from Ketchikan to San Francisco, including night passages. With another year of using the boat, upgrading is still a "nice to have, one day."
The advantage of an older boat is that it's at the end of its depreciation cycle. So value is based on condition (and market of course, as always.) My boat (and this Hatteras) would be up to $2M new.
Of course there are risks, and maintenance can still be expected to be reasonably high. In my case, I looked at the very worst case scenarios of how much I could lose and decided that it wouldn't leave me homeless, penniless or without a retirement. Though I might have to work a few extra years for the retirement! The rewards are huge. Just bringing the boat home was the experience of a lifetime for me, my daughters and two good friends. There are more of these in my (and their) future. That to me is worth the risk.