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Used racer/cruisers in US with Fin keel/spade rudder and tiller?
Does anyone know of a coastal cruiser in the 30-34ft. range that has a tiller, fin keel/spade rudder and is available in the US used market?
I used to teach in South Africa on a fleet of Lavranos 34s that I thought were amazing. They came with a raw-water cooled 2 cylinder Yanamar that you could hand-crank to start, were bullet-proof and could turn on a dime in tight quarters under power. I made at least four trips from Cape Town to Durban on one of those boats and they were awesome. Perhaps a similar such boat exists in the US?
My last boat was a 1969 Elizabethan 31. A fine full-keel, shallow draft (4.5ft.) English boat. It had a tiller, but there was a lot of pressure on the helm as the rudder was unbalanced (transom-hung).
I used to dream about boats that could go around the world. Now I dream of a small coastal cruiser that will fit under bridges on the ICW, has shallow draft that allows anchoring in isolated shallow spots, maneuvers well under power and must have a tiller. I can't stand a wheel on a small boat.
I almost bought a J30 instead of the Elizabethan, but I was living aboard in the BVI, so the J-boat was a little too spartan. Oh, but how I wanted to sail it!
I'd like the price to be <$30,000.
I'd appreciate any boat suggestions.