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Blombo, You mentioned some very traditional solid boats and one much lighter boat in your boat choices.
My two-cents worth is the boat model is only one part of the equation. Your experience, outfitting, comfort level, boat maintenance, time of the year you will be sailing, willingness to wait for weather, etc. all influence what is appropriate. I''ve spent a few seasons on the Great Lakes and would be happy sailing from Duluth to the Apostle islands in late summer on many small boats if I was willing to wait for the appropriate weather. However, as many responses mentioned, things can kick up quickly on Lake Superior and a heavier displacement boat is a good option. Personally, I wouldn''t choose Catalina 27 for Lake Superior unless I was limiting my sailing to the Apostle Islands or day-sailing in nice weather. This largely for comfort reasons.
I owned a 26-foot Westerly Centaur which I kept for the first summer on Lake Superior and later sailed across Michigan, Huron and Superior quite comfortably. I also crossed the gulf stream with it many times, frequently motoring with an outboard and have a different view than one respondent on that. I belive outboards have much to offer. Like boats, it is important to know what they do well and what they don''t and how to use these properties appropriately. People race around the world through the southern ocean with no more than a 10-horse outboard on board, so I don''t buy the arguement that one needs an inboard. I also learend the hard way that an old inboard may be a liability in that it may be an atractive opton you pay for, but may not have much life left in it and you may end up facing the cost of removing it and repowering.
If you are looking for affordable, solid, heavier displacemnt boats, I''d add the Contessas and Westerly boats to your list. What I really like about the Westerlies is the living space they offer for their size.
A professional survey is an excellent way to help discover any deficiencies you may not notice yourself.