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post #4 of Old 10-16-2003
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Recommended cruising boats

I just have to ask this, why would you limit your search boats with wide beams?

Generally a lot of bad traits are associated with wide beam such as a quick motion, small angle of positive stability, poor windward performance, large wetted surface, so poor heavy and light air performance. Obviously these problems can be designed around to one degree or another, but as a general rule, wide beam is not a desirable characteristic for a cruising boat, at least not a monohull.

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