I spent some time studying the Cape Horn steel and the Nordhavn fiberglass yachts. I came to the conclusion that a new boat was not in the cards. So, my research settled down to considering the used ones in the range of 50-65 feet. I will briefly summarize my conclusions. Over the course of several years I talked to various owners and operators of both manufactures. I prefer steel for it’s safety, reparability and near indestructibility. The Cape Horn boats have only about 15 boats total to consider, whereas the Nordhavn’s total well over 100 and counting. Of the Cape Horn boats about 5 were built with the hydraulic drive. After much consideration, I eliminated those boats with the hydraulic drives. The major factor in that decision was that I felt the drives were a nice feature, but only if the boat was to be cruised in waters near to modern repair facilities. In other words, I was leery of taking one where repairs might be difficult. Some other day I may go into this issue in more detail. I was careful to avoid contacting the brokers who have any of the boats for sale. That has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I did not want any sales pitches and the sugar coating that too often goes with talking to brokers. More some other day.