It was my admiral that helped push us to get one. Neither Susan nor myself are comfortable with Interlude being the platform for Susan to relearn/learn to sail on her own, something we both know is necessary if we do any extended cruising. It just made sense to fetch another 16 as that is what we learned on over 30 years ago. You're right, the simplicity just encourages you to get out there and just sail. I was very fortunate to have found one so close to us and in almost new condition (limited fresh water use, garage kept, one owner). We had been looking since May when we realized what was going to happen in our boat world. Would have bought our old one inna heart beat had we found her and she was for sale but we both knew that probably was not the scenario that would occur. i'm actually kinda excited to see how the Mk11 with her larger headsail (she came with the working jib and 150 genny) performs. Mostly she needs nothing and has little that could be needed. Not that it would have been the reason to buy one but that interior trim sure was an improvement over the Mk1's. Kinda like a miniature version of the 23 teak trim and headliner. Nice touch.
The 23 is an incredible boat but wanted that simplicity of the 16 that you are attracted too as well. Maybe you gotta part with one of your boats and then Linda might be ready to have Mas boat in your life! Say the word and I'll start looking again and send any I find your direction! There was a 16CB version down the road from our boats that a fellow has not been using since he got a Seaward. Might just have to check in with him. I am not wild about CB's but guess you don't have to use it since it was an after thought to help them point better.
Now back to the business at hand......we clearly qualify for fleet pricing, right!?