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post #4 of Old 05-02-2009
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Heavy daysailing means you want a big cockpit. Performance means you want a J/boat or other racing class. What do you mean by "comfortable"? Some people will tell you that comfort only comes on boats over 130' LOA. You don't mention a budget, so the range is enormous. The Pearson Flyer is good in light air, has a reasonably-sized cockpit for daysailing, and can sleep four or more, depending upon what you call "comfortable". A Tartan 10 would be similar. Both are older designs, and would be available at reasonable prices (especially lately). If you're looking for a bit more comfort, a Peterson 34 would be of similar vintage, and would offer good overall performance as well. Catalinas are not going to provide performance, especially if you're used to a J/24. A J/30 would provide performance, but the cockpit is a bit tight. They're also a tad heavy for the light air of Western LIS. A J/29 is another option, if you don't mind the lack of headroom. A J/105 would be great for daysailing, and has bunks and a bit more headroom than the J/29. The price will likely be a bit higher, however. Everything about boats is a compromise. What works for you will depend on what you want.
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