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Old 06-27-2003
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what the numbers say? (long)

I''m seeking some feedback on a couple boats I''ll be inspecting with the possiblity of purchase.

USES: Day sailing in nice weather – sometimes single handed. Overnight & weekend excursions in Puget Sound – two adults. One to two week cruise in the Spring and Fall – two adults, occasional guests (1-2). Seaside “cabin” for weekend get-aways.

With improving skills and increasing experience - Inside passage to Alaska. Bluewater voyaging (I''d like to sail a small boat to a small island, at least once).

CHARACTERISTICS: Quality construction. Respected and proven design. Nice Lines. Solid hull (not cored). Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder or modified full keel. Sloop or cutter with sound rigging. Sails in good condition. Diesel auxiliary. Well designed and crafted interior with ample storage and tankage. Solid, simple, easily accessed and maintained systems. 6’2” headroom is nice, but not required.

BOAT A... Designer: Ron Holland.... Mid 1980s... LOA: 36... LWL: 30... Beam: 11... Draft: 5''6"... Disp: 11240 lbs... Ballast: 4246... Sail Area: 667 sq ft... SA to Disp: 21.27... Capsize Ratio: 1.96... Disp to LWL: 186... Motion Comfort: 22.23... Engine: Yanmar 27hp... Fuel: 22g... Water: 65g... Fin Keel/Semi-Skeg Rudder

BOAT B... Designer: Ted Brewer.... Early 1980s.... LOA: 34... LWL: 28''8"... Beam: 11''2"... Draft: 5''6"... Disp: 13600 lbs... Ballast: 4700, lead... Sail Area: 445 sq ft... SA to Disp: 12.5... Capsize Ratio: 1.87... Disp to LWL: 258... Motion Comfort: 27.68... Engine: Westerbeke 27hp... Fuel: 26g... Water: 60g... Fin Keel/Full Skeg Rudder

So, what does all of this tell me? Is BOAT A too light for my stated uses?...too far shifted toward racing? The sails and rigging are all high performance - rod rigging, Spectra main. The boat looks sleek - modern - even though it is 15+ years old. She has relatively deep midsections and carries a good deal of beam well aft.

BOAT B is described as comfortable, beamy with a long waterline. It is frequently mentioned that it is "reasonably fast" - is this code for "it''s a bit of a slug"?

A costs more than B (about 25%) and is a stretch for me, but the budget could be pushed. Both are under U$75K.

Now, overwelm me with your knowledge, experience and opinions. Please.
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