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Re: "Right" boat for the ICW and NC gunkholing?

Ahh, to actually be considering sailing away! I appreciate the opportunity to pretend for a moment since I can't follow in your wake just yet.

To summarize your requirements, some of them inferred from the boats that you cited,

1) Good motoring qualities, but can still sail
2) Room for 2 couples
3) A nice "back porch" for watching the ICW go by
4) Shoal draft
5) Traditional lines
6) Not sure what your cruising kitty holds, but I tried to limit the list to those you could get for around 100K

Here's some boats that I'd consider:

Southerly 105 (on the wrong side of the pond, but that's what container ships are built for):
1982 Southerly 105 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Sirius 31 DS (also on the wrong side of the pond, but what better reason for a vacation?):
1994 Sirius 31 DS Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Hake / Seaward Eagle 32:
2006 Hake / Seaward Eagle Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

C&C Landfall 35:
1982 C&C Landfall Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

J 35c (a little pricey, but one cannot underestimate the value of air conditioning south of the Mason-Dixon line):
1994 J Boats 35c Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

40' Vagabond Pilothouse (not shoal draft):
1986 Vagabond Cutter Pilothouse Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

36'Nautilus Pilothouse (not shoal draft):
1980 Nautilus Pilothouse Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Shannon 38 Ketch (again, not shoal, but I have a thing for Shannons):
1978 Shannon 38 Ketch Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Island Packet 35' Packet Cat (not exactly traditional):
1993 Island Packet Packet Cat Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com


If the lotto gods visit you, here's some others that would fit the bill (for many more bill$):

Sirius 35DS
Sirius-Werft Pln | 35 DS | Philosophy

J/108 (not traditional lines, but nearly new and very shoal):
2011 J Boats J/108 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Shannon Shoalsailor 35:
2008 Shannon Shoalsailer Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Shannon 38 HPS (new design):
A Motorsailer, Pilot House, Shoal Water Sailboat

Good luck with the hunt!
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