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post #2 of Old 10-22-2002
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

And if I had all the money in the world I would probably have one custom made to my specifications ----

(But I would almost positively insist on a well made Carbon fiber spar and a full kevlar hull or with e-glass -- the more bullet proof the better.....Never know when you might hit a container floating in the middle of nowhere )

But if you are talking about "production Sailboats" Then I would narrow it down to a

Gozzard 41 For the traditionalist in me ---Though possibly too slow for me (

And you gotta like the Shannon 43 and with all the optional sail plan it affords . And I think I would really like a Centerboard boat. But I would have someone come up with a bullet-proof design to allow for quick and easy centerboard usage, that would cause no noise and could run into a reef and still cause no damage. (

You could never leave out beautiful crafted boats like an Alden 43, Little Harbor or Hinckley 42-44 --- but because these boats are so beautiful they almost belong in a museum not on the open ocean ( (

And how can you forget those extremely well made and blue water ocean proven european classics like a Hallberg-Rassy 43 an Oyster 42 (

But personally....I don''t know what it is, but something draws me to a Hylas 46 (I know I know you said up to 44 feet But ......) --Maybe its just the way this boat is setup and the accomodations it would afford me.....and its still a very nice looking boat

Not the most expensive and I''m sure there are others out there...
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