Originally Posted by gamayun
Also....now that I have the Coast 34 high on my list, I should go back to looking at the Pacific Seacraft. I was trying to steer away from a double ender because of my diving, but something keeps pulling me back to them. I also really like Ericsons, but I don't want the traveler in front of the companionway (another pet peeve). I had the impression that Olsons were fine for racing but they would probably hobbyhorse a bit offshore.
The Olson 34 would be very unlikely to "hobbyhorse"... and that model was designed from the git go to be a very fast cruiser. Like all (!) sailboats one could race it, of course.
It's a MORC-derived designed hull and *not* an IOR sort of boat.
Several of them have done single-handed races from SF to HI. Good all-around offshore boat, with a strong through-bolted hull to deck joint.
Speaking of travelers, look at an Ericson 35-2. One of those sails in the SF area and has also solo-ed to Hawaii. Traveler right in front of the wheel.