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Niagara 31-Good for Ch. Bay?

This boat is on my short list for a Chesapeake Bay cruiser and overnighter. Concerns are the five foot draft, the balsa core, and whether it would be a good boat for a sailor with intermediate skills to single hand. Jeff H and others, do you have any experience with this boat?
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The sailnet email list NIAGARA has as a member Richard Hinterhoeller son of George Hinterhoeller of Hinterhoeller Yachts. Richard has owned a Niagara 31 for many years and can answer many questions about that Frers designed boat.

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I do know of one person on Lake Arthur, LA who has a Niagra 31 and he loves it. It's a some what shallow water lake there as well.
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I just bought a 82 31' Niagra and have previosly sailed the bay in a 23' ODay. I don't forsee any problems with this boat and look forward to this coming summer. The previous owner sailed this boat for 12 years all over the Bay.

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Richard:

Here is a review of the Niagara 31 from Canadian Yachting (one of their used boat series). My wife used to work with the Sanfords mentioned in this review and I do remember their being very pleased with the boat and how it performed during their trip south to the Bahamas. They had been keeping their boat on Georgian Bay although we've lost contact with them over the years. Mike Hoyt's suggestion is a good one.

http://www.cymagazine.ca/onlineExclu...siveKeyword=56
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A good friend of mine has one, and it is without a doubt an excellent sailboat. Easy to handle, good in a blow and very fast. I highly recommend them. My friend has the dinette layout, and it is in superb condition. I really like the keel step mast coming in by the head area, as it provides a good brace in rough weather when you need to go to the head in such a situation. Excellent offshore capability. Make sure you get a survey though.
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Five foot draft will not be an issue on the Chesapeake -- just stay away from those places with less than 5 feet of water (of course). And as long as the survey goes well, don't worry about the balsa.
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I think it would be a pretty good boat... As long as the boat surveys well.. go for it.
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Thanks to all who responded.

Thank you for the replies to my questions on the Niagara 31. I plan to look at one in April. It does seem like a very fine boat if the balsa core is not an issue.

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