Re: Amuse me, sailing small boat offshore.
MikeinLA: I haven't spent any time on a Dana, but a friend just bought a Pacific Seacraft Orion (27' plus bow sprit, so the next size up). It's a very nice boat and seems really solid. I haven't had a chance to sail on it yet, but like what I've seen so far. Everything is well thought out and high quality, and I like the interior layout.
I think I'd prefer a more modern design/faster fin keel boat, but really respect what people do in these smaller Pacific Seacraft boats.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior