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Cruising vessel questions.
I am searching for a live aboard cruising vessel which I will buy, fit out, and sail away in 3 years; I plan to start on the East Coast of North America and then work the Carribean will probably cross the Atlantic. I wonder if anyone on this forum can answer some questions from personal experience about the following classes of vessels.
Morgan Out Island 51.
First of all, I DO NOT CARE if these vessels are slow, I DO NOT CARE if they won't point as high as a race boat. What I DO care about is stability, safety, ease of sail handling (can I single hand these vessels with some contrivance?), access to vital components, physical comfort for a lady, RUGGEDNESS, and behavior in a blow. There is not so much information about these vessels on line as I expected. I know we all have our preferences but PLEASE don't tell me I'm an idiot for considering these vessels vs Swan, Amel, Island Packet, or whatever your baby is!
From my understanding, the Morgan OI 51 is just an expanded version of the OI 41 with the same virtues and compromises if I am mistaken, please correct me in this. I know almost nothing about the Formosa 51 except she has LOTS of wood to maintain and she is a beautiful vessel...she was Martin Harvey's boat on Captain Ron; in particular, I wonder about the wooden masts and their care/ruggedness/repair.
FYI: I am a professional mariner with over 25 years at sea (Navy, Commercial Fishing, and the Merchant Marine) and a lot of time under sail but only in vessels less than 32'. I want this to be my last boat and keep her under me for 20-30 years. I will be chartering larger vessels in the interim.
Thanks in advance for your good advice!