There’s something to be said about the beauty and simplicity of a smaller vessel. I think that perfect boat would be a self-bailing center console with a maximum LOA of twenty or so feet with an eight-and-a-half-foot max beam. She would have either single or dual outboard power with almost minimal electronics (multifunction display, tachometer, compass). With the amazing amount of systems installed in today’s boats its not a question of what will fail but when something will fail, rendering the vessel dockside in the already short New England boating season not to mention a pretty penny.
Every boat’s a compromise in itself. I know that when I bought my Nova Scotia center console and rigged her up that she’d be the cornerstone of my fleet, the one toy to rule them all. But of course now I’m looking forward to the next one – a single inboard downeast!