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Old 07-24-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
Marin
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As I've said in other threads, the boat is every bit as important to me as the experience. Even if we were to have the most amazing experience on the planet out boating, it would not be quite as amazing if we were having it in a boat that didn't meet our aesthetic requirements. I'm not a form-follows-function person when it comes to things like cars or boats (or planes for that matter).

While GB is not our favorite design, it comes closer than anything else for the money we had earmarked for a boat purchase 14 years ago. Were we buying a boat today, our choice would be different but it would still meet our aesthetic requirements as much as being suited for what we want to do with it.

In the recent Manatee thread I could not fault all the benefits the fans of that boat listed--- great use of space, high "liveablitly," and so on. But I would be embarrased to be seen driving one. No one else (other than my wife) would care, but I would and that's what counts. I feel pretty much the same about what I call the "cabin cruiser" boats---- Tollycraft, Uniflite, Carver, Californian, Hatteras, etc., etc., etc. They just don't look like what I think boats should loook like regardless of how well they're built, appointed, and so on.

The picture below is pretty much my favorite boat right now. In fact we hope to charter it next year (with its crew). While I would not want the tremendous upkeep a vessel like this requires, and while it is considerably larger than what we want or need, to me the Gikumi embodies everything I like in a boat design. Anything less is a compromise, and I'm not much on compromises when it comes to designs.



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