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post #3 of Old 08-22-2006
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Interesting thread Capt.

I thought of putting out a similar one. I personally would have some issues with taking the boat for much of a offshore jaunt, but that is not really what it was made for, now is it? The shallow draft and ability to ground may not mean much to Pacific NWesters or a lot of NEaster cruising, but I can really see a great advantage for the Bahamas, Florida, Keys, and many others. I would imagine the shallow draft would vastly increase your cruising grounds... and in the case of a storm (not a hurricane) could put you in a lot closer to a protected shore.

They did do a write up in CWorld some months back on a Southerly, as I recall. Seems the author was very pleased with it. My guess is the February/March issue. Might be worth reading.

Would also be interested in Jeff H thoughts and others that might be very knowledgeable.
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