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Old 01-31-2001
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Bluewater boat comparison

My wife and I are looking at bluewater cruisers. We''ve seen Hans Christians (38 and 43 cutters and ketches), Baba 40, Tayana 37. However, we''ve never had a chance to sail anything as heavy or "seakindly" - all the bareboat charters and friend''s boats are always "bleach bottles".

All the Boatcheck reviews glow about each of these boats; I guess that''s to be expected. Brokers all have their favorites (or not-so-favorites).

What''s the straight scoop? What are the "warts" of these boats? For example, we loved the easy engine access of the HC but it has a lot of teak (leaky-teaky?) and everyone says it won''t sail in less than a gale. Every Baba owner I''ve seen raves about the boat, but engine access not as good. The only Tayana 37 I''ve seen had just arrived from a winter Transatlantic crossing, female singlehanding; that''s a pretty good vote. Opinions? I''m sure there are lots... thanks!
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