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Re: Cruising Worlds Top 40 Boats
My wife's account will allow me to double down on my Valiant 40 vote, but in truth it would be a tough call for me personally between a Peterson 44 and the Valiant 40, each for thier own reasons.
Of course if it was up to me, my list would be very different. I would probably have the original Esprit 37 before putting the Pacific Seacraft 37 on the list.
I would probably have something like the Morris 45 RS on the list as well.
I would definitely have the Morris Justine 36 rather than the pin-up girl Morris 36.
As I would expect there are almost no IOR era boats, and yet I would think that the Tartan 41 might be a reasonable candidate for this list.
I would think that the Hallberg Rassey 40 would be a better choice than the Hallberg 43 on the list.
I would think that the Hylas 46 would be a much better choice than the Hylas 49.
While popular and ubiquitous, roomy and a decent sailer for its day, and certainly a good value, I would never think of a Catalina 30 as being one of the top 40 cruising boats of all times.
I would think in the top 40 that there should be some performance cruisers as well. I might have something like a J-44 or Farr 47 on the list.
In the end these kinds of contests are a bit of a beauty contest perhaps rigged by the limited number of choices on the list.
Jeff - given your criteria, what boats would you recommend for a couple starting out in the PNW and eventually venturing forth. No plans to cross oceans but wanting to keep options open.
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