Decisions, decisions…and flowcharts!

It seems like every day we get more serious about buying a boat.  Over the last two days we have been considering these two yachts:

Valiant 40

Valiant 40

Passport 42

Passport 42

 

Both are project boats that will require many months of hard labor before either will be ready for an off-shore adventure.  But we are up for that – in fact, we are looking forward to buying and refitting a boat that could someday be our home.

As we weigh the options of buying a project boat soon-ish vs. waiting to purchase a slightly nicer boat in a few years, we are considering actual monetary values and “emotional” and/or “convenience” values.  To give you an idea of our thought-making process I have drawn up a flow-chart:

Boat Equation

After reading boat reviews, Cruiser’s Forum, and other internet source material we sought the advice of a trusted friend.

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