Re: Comparing boats
IMHO you should decide on a budget, a list of requirements, and a list of 'nice to haves.' Then go on yachtworld and look at all the boats that meet your needs. Try to visit as many boats as possible. Ideally, you will find a good broker and worth with him to really nail down what you want. And then take your time and look at lots of boats.
For example, for my second boat (moving up from a 22' Catalina) I required:
-budget up to $17.5K
-Modern design from 1980 an up
-Sloop rig (only two sails, relatively easy to sail, etc.)
-Inboard diesel engine
-Pressure hot and cold water
-real marine head with holding tank
-berths for five
-sailable condition now
Nice to haves were:
-Self tailing winches
-decent electronics including autopilot
I looked at a lot of boats and decided that the Catalina 30 or S2 9.2A where my first choices. I had a hard time finding a Catalina 30 for my price. I found a number of S2 boats, but all were in poor condition. While looking at one particular boat, the broker (who was excellent) suggested I look at a Newport 28 that they were selling. Long story short, the boat was perfect for me and I ended up buying it (for $15,000) and enjoyed it for 3 seasons (until the urge for a bigger boat hit).
Regarding speed and sailing performance, this is a little simplistic, but I will state that similar boats have similar sailing characteristics. For example, moderate displacement, deep draft fin keel sloop boats in the 30' range will have similar performance. This includes Catalina 30, O'day 30, C&C 30, Tartan 30, Pearson 30, etc. Some may have better PHRF number, and will indeed be faster, but the differences are really insignificant. For example, if you consider a 'fast' 30' boat with a PHRF of 150 to a 'slow' 30' with a PHRF of 200, for a 30 mile trip the fast boat arrive less than 30 minutes ahead of the slow boat. Yes, that's much faster, but 30 minutes for 5 hours isn't really very much.
A 30' full keel boat ketch will have totally different performance than the sloops, and a lightweight planing boat will be much faster, but, for the most part, similar boats have similar performance.
Day To Remember, 1986 O'day 35 For Sale
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110 For Sail
Mt. Sinai, NY
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Last edited by BarryL; 01-17-2013 at 11:04 PM.