Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
If he was confused to start with, he's got some pain to come when he dips into the second hand market. Caveat emptor
In some ways I think buying second hand is easier.
(1) You are limited to boats that are on the market at the time you want to buy.
(2) You don't have to decide on an exact engine, seating, electronics etc combo someone else has already made those exact mistakes.
(3) You can sea trial the exact rig you are buying not just something similar.
It will be a compromise, but all boats are.