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post #9 of Old 10-17-2003
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Recommended cruising boats

I would suggest that you would get more useable space in a more easily handled boat, perhaps even for less money if you looked for a longer boat with the same displacement and therefore less beam. Beam buys you little in the way of useable space as compared to length. While beam makes a shorter boat feel bigger, within reason a longer narrower boat will produce a more comfortable boat in all ways. The price of beam is a real reduction in sailing ability and seaworthiness to the point that you might want to consider a trawler, at least that way you will spend less time motoring.

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