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Suggestions for a "big" daysailer

While I try to get the outboard running on my Quickstep 24, I'm dreaming about upgrading. I would like to find a daysailer that's between 27 and 33 feet. In addition, I'm looking for the following features (in this order)

A Giant cockpit (my quickstep's cockpit is 7')
Traditional lines (Pretty like the Quickstep)
Inboard
A wheel
Reasonably fast doesn't hurt.
I don't care much about belowdecks accomodations other than a head.

I realize this is a bit of an anomoly, but there's lots of folks here who have seen lots of boats. If I had $250k lying around, I'd buy an Alerion Express 33 in a minute, but sadly that's not the case, so I need to look on the used market.

If you can help me with some ideas, you'll help me stay in dreamland.
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Although somewhat pricey, the Alerion Express 28s, commissioned at my marina . . . actually launched at my dock, always make me stop and drool.

Here's Garry Hoyt sailing one . . .



Edit . . . should have read your whole post . . . you don't have 250k lying around. < G >
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At the risk of sounding redundant, my boat is for sale It definitely works well as a daysailor and a little more, on occasion.
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This trend for larger daysailers is a new one, started what about 3 - 4 years ago. The prices reflect the new trend. There is a market for them. i.e. people with lots of money.
They are easy on the eyes, that is for sure.
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As pretty as the Alerion Expresses are...they're missing one criteria the OP asked for... A wheel...they're all tiller steered IIRC. I personally prefer a tiller... even on bigger boats...but that's just my preference.
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You don't say how much you want to spend, nor where you want to sail it. A used J boat though, might fit most of your prefrences, other than the "traditional" lines. Those traditional lines though, will probably be the priciest part of the deal.
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Actually SD, the AE 33 and the new 38 are both wheel steering. Absolutely beautiful boats! Of course, the 33 base price is $199 before you put things like sails, color awlgrip, commissioning, etc..Nice $250 +.
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Yes, but the AE 33/38 are both out of his budget as he said.... that leaves the AE 28, which is tiller steered.
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SD, I am not trying to challenge you. I was just putting out some correct information on a beautiful boat. Actually, the way I read his post the AE 28, which does not meet his criteria because of the tiller, is still out of his price range.
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SD, I am not trying to challenge you. I was just putting out some correct information on a beautiful boat. Actually, the way I read his post the AE 28, which does not meet his criteria because of the tiller, is still out of his price range.
Also probably true... so what boats are in his price range... a bigger daysailer with classic lines and a small cabin. If he didn't need the cabin, I'd recommend an Etchells, which is essentially a 30' sailing dinghy...
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