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Thanks for the response Cam.
I am not particularly adverse to brokers. Yachtworld seems to cover the brokered boats very well. I was looking for additional sources -- and maybe that gem you mention -- since my search ranges up and down the east coast.
Of the 31, 33 and 330, I have been on a number of 33's but neither of the others (I hope to remedy that in the coming week!). I understand that the 330 has the same hull as the 33, with a slightly taller rig, T shaped cockpit, substantially more tank capacity. The 330 also trades the q-berth and charttable for a second deep cockpit locker (and I believe a larger wet locker). The 31 is an odder duck. It has the head to port at the bottom of the companionway. Some CD'er really like it as a combo head / wet locker, but it is fairly unique (though I guess the PSC Dana has an equivellent set-up). The upshot on the 31 is they are limited in number and fairly high in demand so either the 33 or 330 will likely be cheaper.
I really don't know enough to evaluate all of the trade offs between the 33 and the 330. Beth Leonard writes about water capacity as a primary objective measure of crusing range -- that led me away from the smaller cruisers (both CD's and other cool little boats). I suppose that strongly favors the 330 as well . . .. As you suggest, the best boat available will probably be the deciding factor.
I hear and appreciate your caution about worn boats -- I am fairly handy, but I want to sail not rebuild a boat -- avoiding a hidden project boat is at the top of my list of priorities.
Thanks again, a little informed reassurance doesn't hurt at this stage!
Last edited by blowinstink; 01-22-2009 at 12:32 PM.