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Every person''s view of the suitability of a given boat to liveaboard and cruise in is somewhat unique. Even so, I can''t imagine what your ''well-trained skipper'' was thinking to recommend this boat. Fishers are great boats up here in Northern Europe, where winds are heavy, a big engined boat can defeat tides, and the pilot house can be heated so the crew doesn''t have to endure the North Sea. If you plan a Circle, you will be sailing primarily in temperate, low-latitude areas where none of these attributes are needed. Moreover, on the longer legs of a Circle you really will need to SAIL, not motorsail. Fuel can be in short supply and its cost is only going ''up''. Fishers have a low-aspect, low-powered rig and you will sail slowly and, to weather, poorly. Again, a mismatch.
Another major consideration IMO is the Fisher''s tendency to roll its guts out when at anchor or sailing with a beam or quarter swell. Get a good picture of the underbody of a Fisher and look at it with this roll behavior in mind; see if the lines don''t suggest what I''m saying.
I was just on another fellow''s Fisher 34 yesterday. Stout, handsome, well-built - there are many attributes that can be claimed for this brand of boat. But as a trade wind sailing craft, it wouldn''t appear on my ''maybe'' list.