Cheoy Lee ballast/displacement ratio
Jack, I do plan to cruise some distance offshore, I want to at least make Bermuda and/or the eastern Carib. Truth be known, I really want to cross the Atlantic, but we''ll see how far my Mate is willing. I would expect to, among other upgrades, beef up the rig of any boat in my size/price range before going that far offshore. But I don''t have 9 years to spend at it! Point well taken on experiencing the ergonomics as much as possible before purchase.
Jeff, I have not considered the P323 because of the 4 1/2 foot draft, the area in which we are resettling this winter, the Pamlico Sound, is very shoal, and I am trying to stick to 4 ft or less. Thus my desire for a centerboarder. I am very aware that the offshore/shoal draft compromise is a sticky one.
Once again, thanks v. much gentlemen.