Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?
Since both were free, I would pick which ever was likely to fetch the best price on the open marketplace, then take it and sell it, and buy a boat that was even vaguely well suited for your described purposes.
While both of these boats could be made to do in a pinch if you were skilled at boat handling and did not care how much sailing you got in, neither are particularly great choices for what you want to do.
But more over, these are such different boats, boats which have such different characteristics, that that it would be unlikely that anyone who knew enough to single-hand them safely would be considering between these two. In other words, get out and sail a bunch of different boats and develop your own tastes and then you will know why the answer 'neither' should be your only correct answer.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 09-24-2013 at 05:08 PM.