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We''re about three years from retirement and have begun the search for a good bluewater boat. There will only be two of us sailing 90% of the time. We figure 32'' to 37'' will be adaquate for our modest needs. As far as we''re concerned SAFETY is #1, seakindliness and comfort are #2 & 3, speed and windward performance come in last (pardun the pun). As a result we''ve concentrated on boats that have a D/L ratio of over 275, and whose capsize ratio is less than 1.90.
We''ll likely be home ported on the western shore of the Cheasapeake, a draft less tha 6'' feet will also be important. Also, we already know we are likely to run aground (several times), so a full or modified full keel (wihout a CB) is a criterion.
With those parameters in mind, we''ve come up with a list of prospective boats that seem to satisfy most if not all the criteria. The list is rather long, but the following is just the top ten. They are: Bayfield 36 cutter, Endeavour 37 ketch, Tayana Mariner 36 ketch, Westsail 32 cutter, Westerly 33 ketch (if we can find one), Baba 35 cutter, Cheoy Lee 35 ketch, Loomis Sarah 32 sloop or cutter, Offshore 33 cat ketch or sloop, and Tradewind 35 cutter.
All of these boats have at least 6 tons of displacement, and we think that is a fair indicator of seakindliness and in most cases - solid construction. Also, most are either cutters or ketches which we think are easier to sail than sloops (more sails, but each one is smaller and thus easier to handle).
What do you think of our list? Are there any that you would remove or add, and why?
Thanks in advance for your learnered responses.