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post #7 of Old 11-18-2002
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Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?

There are lots of things to consider in your choice, like how much you want to spend, what type of conveniences you want and the like.

I have a Pearson 323 so I''ll admit my bias right up front. However, here are a couple of things I''d want in a boat for cruising:
- Diesel engine: Range and reliability. They''ll run under water as long as you can get air to it.
- Big water tanks
- On-board power generation: solar or wind with some power management.
- Well insulated ice box

Cutters are good for their sail flexibility in varying wind and sea conditions.

If I had to pick right now, I''d consider Island Packets and Pearsons. If I had caboodles of cash, a good used Swan.

Hope that helps.
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