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post #7 of Old 07-26-2008
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What size boat...budget...single handing or with crew?

In my opinion, the smoothest ride is in full keeled, heavy displacement boats. It is also the slowest ride. Everything is a compromise.

I would choose NON cored fiberglass hull (below the waterline) for most cruising destinations and Aluminum or Kevlar/aramid/composite if I were heading into FAR northern waters.

MUST gadgets: depth sounder, GPS, VHF, EPIRB, LIFERAFT, RADAR (SSB or SATPHONE for offshore), windvane (for offshore)

Nice gadgets: auto-pilot, chartplotter, wind-indicator, PACTOR E-mail, Furling sails, generator, watermaker,

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