Re: 21' Santana or 21' Venture Macgregor?
I've had both--an S 21 and a Mac 21. The S 21 swing keel has a little more headroom and is quite a bit stiffer than the Mac. S 21 is stronger built but there is a design flaw with the swing keel that can be a bear to fix. The Mac is much lighter to pull and launch at 1100 lbs vs. 1700. I loved them both. The Santana will make u feel more secure in a blow--small mainsail makes u need a 110 jib or so. Both would be small to overnight but doable but are both great daysailors. I overnighted in both many times with me and 2 dogs--a few times with an actual human.