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Old 01-28-2012
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Bob Perry's Passports are similar.. one of these would be high on my list as a serious cruising boat:

BUT... this configuration does not 'back' much better than a full keel and for me, coastal cruising (frequent marina stops/unfamiliar docking situations, tight quarters anchoring, rafting) that's a bit of a deal breaker.

I don't feel, though, that it's necessary to go the full keel route for serious cruising but if you can handle the performance knock and the other characteristics, there are lots of very 'shippy looking' solid boats out there. For around here, though, give me my fin keel and spade rudder, thanks.....

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