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post #3 of Old 07-08-2002
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Blue water cruising boats


I think it is instructive to have lists (I have lists for my lists . I might suggest that rather than list builders first, you first make a list of desired qualities: solid glass hull, beefy rig, quality joinery below, cabin layout and much much more. The list you give above has a tremendous range in boat types and build qualities from Alden and Oyster to Pearson and Morgan. From heavy and slow to very fast. In this approach, you will miss some outstanding boats like HR and Wauquiez. Expressing some of your most basic desires, decided upon independently (like quality of the joinery or speed), will knock out some boats on your list above.

I might suggest you think about and answer such things for yourself as:

build quality
cabin layout (two private staterooms or one, aft centerline queen berth or aft qtr cabin for a good sea berth)
hull (cored or solid)
Angle of vanishing stability
Bal/displ ratio

etc etc

Hope this helps (from a fellow member of your canoe club)

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