Re: West to East - Trans-Pacific to Japan
Greetings, and thanks!
Yes, lately I am looking carefully at some of the boats you mention (Ericson, Islander, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Catalina, CS, C&C) -- up to recently I was looking only at older designs (like Ericson 35, Tartan 34, Islander 36). I have plenty of time to consider my options.
I would say, of the sailboats here, perhaps 95% are Yamahas. They have good build quality, though may be spartan, looking at interiors, compared with other boats. Since the main form of sailing here is coastal/bay sailing, I was wondering whether the Yamaha 33 is considered offshore-capable, or is more of a coastal (like Catalina) cruiser. Opinions suggest the Catalina's 30'-36' are not advised for major offshore use?
In Japan, the 1980s-era Y33 has a skeg rudder and lower aspect, larger fin, where the newer versions become higher aspect, smaller, and lose the skeg for the rudder...