Thanx, Jim; you confirmed my knowledge of Allieds and Albergs. And your assessment of the S2 jives with what I've read and what I've seen of those boats. They have very open interiors but are rigged and laid out for racing (coastal/club); they appear to need additional work for any serious sailing (i.e. storm shutters on the lexan cabin windows).
I am intrigued with you assessment of the IP's, though. We have one chartered for next month for 5 days, and from my initial experience with them they appear to be more geared toward comfortable coastal cruising as opposed to true offshore (i.e. 250+ miles). Can you clarify your thoughts for me?
I look forward to hearing from you after a SAFE and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.