Re: Your boat suggestions?
Agree with the Catalina 30 - or the 34. A Cal 2-27 would be excellent as well. A C&C 30 might be the perfect boat at your price point. Also keep an eye out for a Sabre 30.
We sail your conditions in a Pearson 31-2 and I feel it is an ideal lake sailboat for two. I have single-handed as well and it docks and anchors like a lady. Comfortable cockpit that easily accomidates four adults. I would not hesitate to take her coastal cruising or out on the Great Lakes for an extended circuit.
However, it is not stiff at all until you get to 20 or 25° heel and then it locks up. That gives you the waterline for speed and, with the wing keel, gives you depth for pointing. Though I feel she is very seakindly. Tracks very well and sails well in varying conditions. Good motion and a gust speeds you up rather than broaching you.
Charlie P. P31-2 #80 CATNAP
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Last edited by Delirious; 07-23-2013 at 12:39 AM.