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Re: Good Blue Water / Shallow Water Compromise

Hi Paul. What's your general budget for this boat? That will dictate a lot of the choices.

Originally Posted by pickpaul View Post
So anyone know of an Atlantic crossing sailboat with a shallow draft? Isn't that kind of contradictory? I'm assuming a swing keel wouldn't cut it.
Shallow draft and bluewater ability aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. For example, here's a variety of boats for different budgets that are certainly capable of an Atlantic crossing in the proper hands:

Tartan 37 CB - 4'2" draft (board up)
Island Packet 35 (IP31 if you're on a tighter budget) - 4'6" draft
Vancouver 27 - 4'3" draft
Bristol 41.1 - 4'6" draft (board up)

Catalina 34

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