Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: West Bath, Maine
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Upgrading from CD-Typhoon to ???
I grew up a small boat lake sailor (sunfishes, catamarans, sea-scows) and now have the very good fortune to live along the coast of Maine. For the first few summers here I sailed a Precision-15cb in the New Meadows River (an inland portion of Casco Bay, mostly channel-bay sailing).
This year I upgraded to a Cape Dory Typhoon (18', full keeled, fractional rig, Alberg design) and have had many great sails both in protected waters and outside, sailing as far as Boothbay to the east and Chebeague Is. to the West. A few times I had the Ty out in strong winds when few others were sailing - but she handled 22-24 knot winds and 5-6' seas just fine with a reefed main and working jib.
I want to keep migrating upward, hoping to eventually own a coastal cruiser in the 24-36' range, and wanted this forum's advice on my choice of boat. My realistic goals and needs are:
1. Type of sailing: Hoping for 20 or so days of daysailing from a mooring each summer and 1-2 weeks of cruising along coast of Maine. Thus, I don't need or want a true bluewater boat, but someday hope to cross the Gulf of Maine to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
2. Local Sailing Conditions: Is there such a thing as a cross-over boat, ie one that that can both point and move along fast enough to get out the 10 or so miles of usually upwind channel sailing to more open and fun water in a reasonable time and, at the same time, sail pretty stiff and safe in Maine's winds (10-30 knots) and seas (up to 7-8').
4. Crew: I tend to single-hand, or my 11 yr old daughters will come with. The girls and I really enjoy the Typhoon; we love being down close to the water and the quick response and feel of a small boat. On the other hand, to family overnight and to get my wife aboard I think we have to get above 24' .
5. Price: I could likely spend up to $25k. That may not sound like much, but Craigslist Maine constantly has a wide range of used boats in the $7-16k range, which would leave me room for improvements as necessary.
6. Choices: My plan is to seek opportunities to sail aboard many different boats, keeping track of what I like and not. Right now my list of favorite possible models to try out (keeping my price limit in mind) is pretty concentrated on the heavy, stiff boats you see so often up here and which are more affordable given their age, such as the Cape Dory 25D or the 30-cutter, Bristol Corsair 24 or the Bristol 29.9, the (East Coast) Triton, and the Alberg 29 (my fav but newer & more expensive).
I am tending to rule out the O-days, Paceships, MacGregors, C&C etc. because when they get old they seem to be really beat up.
So my question for this group are:
A) Pro's and Con's of the boats on my watch/try list, and
B) Boats I should add to the list. I am particularly ignorant regarding post-84 models (ie after-Alberg).
Finally, if anyone up here wants to show me their boat, I am eager to learn. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.