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36 (ish) Racer / Cruiser

Hello,

Thanks for the great info here...Been scouring the old posts for a while and I think it's time for my first post...

Little about me:
I've been sailing for 30 of my 34 years. I grew up on Long Island and Dad built a 24 foot Bruce Roberts design in 1977. That boat still races (with my father at the helm) every Wednesday night on the Magothy River in MD. (Go Serenity!)

Grew up racing around the cans, went to college, raced 420s...Parents part owned / managed a marina for a while which was where I worked in college.

As a kid, we would have the family cruises in the summer (that's right 3 kids, mom and dad, crammed into a 24 foot boat sailing up the Hudson, or the Connecticut river...woah...), and every season we raced. Wednesdays and Sundays. All that was on the LI Sound. (Smithtown Bay!!!!)

So my sailing experience can be summed up as follows:
Raced (Wed night) alot from dinghy's to crewing on boats in the low 30 ft range.
The occasional Charter of a 42 Morgan in FL - all around the Keys.
Sailing around LI. (ALIR!!!! or just for fun...)
Limited Blue water experience...(very limited)

Now it's time to buy my own sailboat.

The boat will be located in a slip around Annapolis. My job affords me the opportunity to be home for 1 or 2 weeks every 2 months or so. I live in SC, but I'd like my second home to be in MD. Now, although my sister and her family and my parents all live in the area, I want a place to call my own....and I want it to be a sailboat. So, this boat will have to be comfortable enough for me to stay on for max. 2 weeks in a stretch. (but usually max 4 nights). I'm a single guy btw. Mechanical Engineer...

Ok...

Here is the process I'm using to make my decision as to which boat to buy.

MUST HAVES: (in order of priority)

1) Meet Budget: (Anything over $50k eats into the 20% repair/toys fund.)
2) Maximum 38 ft. Minimum 30 ft:
3) High Quality Hull Construction: (I don't ever want to sweat the big stuff)
4) Comfortable / Neat Below: (Certainly not extravagant but I'd like to bring a girl to visit every now and again and don't really want her sitting on a sail bag .. ok?)
4) Sex Appeal

Ok, number 4 needs an explanation. "Beauty...Beholder..." yadda yadda

Sexy = ESSE 850. That is the hottest boat. Holy Crap. Now... yes, I agree, it is absolutely impractical for what I want... but if we're just talking sexy... ESSE 850 wins. Volvo boats, AC boats (mono hull) all pretty hot. ok, you get it. The ESSE 850 won't make the list of boats that I would consider buying... it's the perfect 2nd sailboat. heh... Oh -with no offense to many out there- traditional double ended Canoe'ish' things are out. (Again, no offense. The boat that I'm looking for now will be for sale in about 3-6 years and I'll be buying one of those beautiful trad. boats like a Tayana or HC... you know it, so do I... this is all part of growing up, let's just move on...)

Here is a list of

NICE TO HAVES:

4) Fast (for weekend cruising near the coast or occasionaly around the cans)

5) Blue Water Proven (Yes, this could go against number 4, I understand)

6) Ability for Singlehanded sailing (which could be more of how I set it up)



All that being said.. here's a list of boats I'm looking at and I'd love for more input from any of you. (These are in no particular order)

J Boats 34C
Sabre 34
Wauquiez Pretorien 35
Wauquiez Hood 38
C & C 36
CS 36T
Niagara 35
Morgan 382
Tartan 37

Also, can anyone recommend a good Broker for the Annapolis area? There are too many to choose from.

Thanks for your time, and any input.

All the best,
Craig
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