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Re: Best small boat for cruising the Bahamas?
The Cape Dory 25D is a cult boat and, thus, overpriced. A CD27 or CD28 in similar condition will almost always be cheaper. They ought to sail better too.
As an aside, I have never before heard any CD owner say that his boat didn't sail well in light air. I can get my boat moving well in 7-8 knots of wind. CD's are actually pretty tender to start and almost all would be reefed before 20knots.
Lots of boats will do well in the bahamas. Just get one and go!
The 27 and 28's are great, too. I had my checkbook out and almost bought a pristine CD 27 for $11,000 (owner had just bought another boat and his wife was raising hell with him to get rid of it) in Annapolis once before my wife ripped it out of my hand (already had one boat). I still wish my grip had been stronger.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico