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post #8 of Old 07-29-2006
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I have owned an Eastward Ho 24 for about 6 years and have cruised in Maine, around the Mass Cape and in my local area of Rhode Island. She is a great boat for two for cruising. When we scaled down from larger sailboats we remembered a beautiful one for sale on Marthas Vineyard that we had seen years ago. The gentleman had removed the engine to make more stowage space for his cruise across the Atlantic. We went on line and found five around the east coast and made a beautiful choice. She has, beyond the standards, a Raytheon RADAR, an Atlas Barber refrig system, power winch etc. I would say the only problem with her is not her fault. It's the fault of any small displacement hull. In a head sea she does not have the weight and lenth characteristics to carry her through a head sea and that makes for slow close hauled sailing. I enjoy the boom furling. Down below the atmosphere is great when at anchor and it's a little blowy outside. Our interior is beautiful in that it was all custom designed in teak and it's very cozy. Have a great time JACK
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