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Old 02-24-2013
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Advice on choosing a Daysailer for the Great Lakes

Hello,
I had previously posted looking for advice on a deck-stepped mast sailboat. It was suggested to me that I more carefully consider my parameters. Here they are, hoping someone can assist with a recommendation:
- objective: day sailing Great Lakes
- 22'-33' with 27'/28' preferred
- deck-stepped mast (essential)
- fixed keel draft under 5.5' with closer to 4' draft preferred
- wheel steering
- fast, at least under 180 phrf, but under 130 phrf preferred
- capable of being easily single-handed
- large cockpit to take guests for day sails
- to be used as Daysailer so spartan accommodations would be fine but I do need a head and small galley plus at least one decent length berth, I am 6'2" so I need a berth at least 80" long to be comfortable in case I want to overnight; not looking for a large dingy
- beam of 8'6" would be a plus
Something like a J 27 or Viking 28 would be ideal if it met all my parameters, but they are not quite there. Suggestions?
(previous sailboats owned = Tanzer 22, C&C 34)
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