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While conducting the search for the perfect 32'' to 33'' Chesapeake Bay and occasional offshore cruiser, I''ve also begun the search for the best marina and boatyard. The advice I''ve received from some boatyard operators seems to reinforce the notion that lightweight boats with D/L''s of less than 200 and CR''s over 2.00 need structural repairs much more than more heavily built boats.

If that''s the case, it seems like I should restrict my search to boats with D/L''s of 250 or more and CR''s less than 2.00. I think this is prudent since I consider safety a top priority. A more seakindly ride, which provides greater piece of mind, and the likelihood of having reduced maintenance costs also help. (Speed is not important. If it were, I''d be buying a motorboat ;^).

What are your thoughts?
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If a high D/L ratio is the criteria for the perfect boat, suggest you look at the Westsail 32. Of course, you will be motoring most of the time, and slowly, too. But then it is really, really heavy.
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