Have checked the archives, and shall slightly modify my original question. Can anyone think of a similar sized boat, 28-32 feet, in the 25-30K price range, with the postives of the Watkins, yet better sailing performance?
As I mentioned before, this will be a liveaboard, and my plans call for being on the move, more than at anchor (East Coast to Great Lakes and back to the Gulf, eventual transist to Pacific and up to Alaska. And of course, the Bahamas.) Also, I''ll be singlehandeding. I''ve budgeted 50K total for the boat.
Unless I find something sooner, will be departing to the Gulf from Kentucky Lake on my H26, Oct 2006, to search as I cruise so any input that targets my search will be appreciated.