Which pocket cruiser is best for me ?
I am hoping to switch from power boating to sailing and need advice on what kind of boat to consider. There are so many of them and I don''t know where to start. I would rate myself a novice to intermediate sailor, and much of my sailing experience has been in small boats [9-16 feet]. I plan to sail out of Charlottetown, PEI, mostly in shallow coastal waters [no rocks, sandy bottom]. Much of the time I will sail solo, occasionally accompanied by my wife, a fair-weather sailor at best. Occasionally we might be accompanied by one or two other couples, but only for day sailing. A long cruise for me would be through the Northumberland Straights to the Bras D''or Lakes of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
My priorities in a boat include ease of solo handling, stability in weather and reasonable comfort [I am 6 ft tall and weigh about 250 lbs].
I am looking at a Nonsuch 22, Jeanneau Tonic 23,O''Day 240 LE, and a Mirage 25. Are there others I should consider ? Am I in the right size range ?
Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Please E-mail me: "firstname.lastname@example.org" or respond to this bulletin board. Thank you.