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Old 03-29-2013
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Boat for Pacific Passage - yes or no?

Hoping to run this by some experienced offshore eyes.

My plan is to purchase on North American west coast (or Mexico), coastal shakedowns, passage to HI, Oceania, NZ, Aus., Indonesia, Philippines, ending in Japan (my home). No hurry, but I don't have the luxury of boat hunting for months at various marinas (let's say a month, tops). Probable solo, possible shorthanded passage. No fixed schedule, not wanting to spend too many months outfitting, can break up the voyage (moor in NZ during typhoon season). Budget dictates price range as shown, length around 35.' I'd enjoy the boat for local coastal cruising, following this voyage. I've a shortlist of two groups of boats -- what do you think? (a few data points shown), foolish? Reasonable? Would you have a top recommendation (given similar condition), or another suggestion choice (same price range, please). Budget for purchase, offshore outfit, any strengthening = $40K (preferably less & am handy):

First group --
Disp.: @ 17,000 lbs, lwl @ 27-28'
Cal 35 (79-) $26K-ish d/lwl=244
Islander 36 $15K-$35K (71-) d/lwl=266
C & C Landfall 35 $30-$35K (79-84) d/lwl=303

Second group --
Disp.: @ 11,000 lbs., lwl @ 25--26'
Ranger 33 $15K-+ (69-78) d/lwl=259
Ericson 35-2 $20K-$30K (69-81) d/lwl=301
Tartan 34C $15K-$25K (69-78) d/lwl=320

Hull speeds are all not so far from 7 knots. Draft is 5' or less, excepting the Islander (@6'). The Landfall price-wise doesn't leave much in my budget for outfitting. As you can see, I'm interested in fin keels, medium/medium-heavy displacement boats. Plenty of variance in design, tankage. The smaller boats -- easier on the budget, cheaper to maintain, moor, etc.

As to alternate choices, would prefer to avoid full keels, drafts over 6'. There are many, many lovely boats I can't afford... But I can always spend less . Call this a reality check.
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