Re: Seaworthiness - Lloyd register rating?
I second Dick's recommendation of Sail Calc. Pro - a very useful tool for comparing boat designs. However, it takes no account of the builder's practices. Having owned an Albin Vega and having worked on a friend's Ballad, I can attest that Albin boats are VERY well built. I believe the Ballad was more of a racing design (IOR 1/2 ton?) and may not be as suitable a bluewater boat as some of the others in the Albin line. The Nimbus is a nice cruiser, though perhaps larger and more $$$ than you want.
If you are in Holland, there should be lots of great steel boats for sale, no?
Last edited by jimjazzdad; 09-07-2012 at 06:58 AM.