Re: Boat Candidate options wanted
The original poster said, " I would love to have it as small as possible. The further under 40' the happier I would be." Most responding seem to ignore his size criteria which are very sensible indeed. Bigger boats have the potential drive older cruisers out of sailing faster than would be the case if they were sailing more moderately sized vessels. This guy is 65 years old. How long do you expect him to hoist a 350 sq ft mainsail, or a 33 lb anchor? Several older friends have been overwhelmed by the demands of the bigger boats -- expensive maintenance and strength demands -- and dropped out of sailing altogether. OTOH, I know couples in their eighties who continue to cruise for months each year aboard a J/28 and a Sabre 34.
If the OP had said, "I'm looking for a comfortable, midsize car" would you suggest a 2T FWD dump truck with an extended cab?