I'd rather be sailing
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Sailing on Lake Champlain, I can tell you two things. First, don't worry about draft. There are very few places on Champlain where you have to concern yourself with water depth. Anything less than 7' draft and you'll be fine for 80%+ of the lake. You don't really want to visit the places that are shallower. Second, don't underestimate the lake. It blows over 40kts several times during the season, and can get some pretty square waves when the wind is blowing the length of the lake. Being 125 miles long, you can get some pretty good fetch north to south and vice-versa. In other words, weight is helpful as is the ability to deeply reef. It's not Lake Ontario or another great lake, but she'll get you just the same...
By the way, you might want to add the Precision 23 to your list. It's a nice combination between performance and cruising with decent accommodations for its size. It's a lot more traditional than similar sized Hunters, Catalinas's, etc.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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