Originally Posted by q240z
I'd like to think that practicality, comfort, and economy that's well-executed will always be desirable. I'm less certain that in 25 years or more, nobody will want to buy my then 65-year old boat because the aft deck has been enclosed.
I'm curious, though...in Europe, classic yachts in the 14-18 meter range that have been modified fetch half of what unmodified ones get?
Our old Huckins (I know, you don't care to hear about it, from previous threads...) has consistently resold for lower value since being re-fit to add weight and enclosure up high... a wet bar was added to the aft deck, then stanchions for the flying roof, then more railings, then enclosures, then ripping out original fixtures and fittings belowdecks to install home furnishings rather than marine furnishings... we sold it for approximately triple the last resale (an even trade for a 29' Grady-White) over fifteen years ago. There is some value in originality and careful forethought.
If you're happier the way you envision and execute, then more power to you. Enjoy the boat as you want it to be.
If you're keeping an eye to resale, then restoration rather than renovation is almost always the way to go.