Hello Folks. I recently posted another question about the 42, but it got me thinking about some larger issues, specifically choice. I have talked to three persons selling Wharrams for months (or longer!). There are two 38's and a 42. The two 38's appear to be very clean, and built to a high standard. They are both also fairly "new", being less than 10 years old each. The 42 is older, and appears to be very up to date. Ultimately the 42 is a bit less expensive, than the 38's, but all are within 25% of each other.
We are two adults, and two preteens, girl and boy. I have some bias towards the Tiki because of the looks, and it is a ketch (I perceive some benefits?). On the other side, the 42 is larger, and slightly less in cost. I also think the Tikis may be a better performer, but I have no informed data to back it up. And really, I'm not sure it matters when I'm looking for comfort/safety over performance.
How would you grapple with a question like that? What questions would you be asking yourself?