Re: upwind characteristics
If you're in the market for an Allmand 31, that suggests to me that your budget would suit a Catalina 30, which is a much better boat for SF Bay. Get the deep keel.
Beyond that, generally speaking, I would want a boat that is stiff, sea-kindly, and one where the sail plan is easy to adapt to the large changes in wind strength (Sunday we had 8 kts south of the Bay Bridge, 22 kts gusting to 30 in the slot, zero to 8 in the Oakland estuary).
My next boat will be a cutter.
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Last edited by MarkSF; 07-08-2014 at 06:43 PM.