Gulfstars for Cruising?
Chas, sorry about the omission re: Horta vs. Gulfstars. <g> No, haven''t yet seen one since leaving the USA altho'' in truth we''ve seen few North American boats altogether once we passed Bermuda and the Azores.
Yes, I was referring to the T34, P35 and D35 as being less desirable as long-term liveaboards. I''ve only seen D35''s in steel and IMO they prove the notion that steel just doesn''t lend itself as a build mat''l to smaller sailboats. You get the weight but you don''t get the space. Of course, cruising sailors have been all over the world in smaller boats, and a functional layout is a lot more important than a bigger hull that lacks one.
Nothing wrong with Trinidad, that''s for sure. It just doesn''t relate to draft issues.
Since shallow draft is important to you, and you are therefore inclined to consider centerboard boats, have you looked into the Feeling line? The French builder has been making them for some time, they are newer than the other boats you mention, and you may find some in the Caribbean that have been sailed across - the French love variable draft and even use it on their rudders! Just a thought...