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post #6 of Old 01-27-2010
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I own and single hand a completely refitted Wauquiez Pretorien in New England, so I may be prejudiced. But I've sailed several of these on deliveries and I am aware of their design characteristics and construction quality (which is a really big deal in the case of a used yacht) Here is my ranking:

Sabre 38

Wauquiez Pretorien 35
Valiant 37
Valiant 40

Shannon 38
Bristol 40

Southern Cross 39

This following ranking I am less sure about. I am working more from theory, but I propose:

Morgan 382
Spencer 35/42
Bayfield 36
PSC 37

Rafiki 37 (the only 'Tayana' type, but actually lighter than Tayanas and, I understand, better sailers).

Captain Richard D. Buchanan
S/V Fianna
Portland, ME
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