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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

None of the above. If you really had an unlimited budget there are some really super boats in this size range. None of these would fit my definition of the ''Perfect 37 footer''. Also, your choice of these three a bit of a puzzle as they have so little in common. Where are you trying to go with this question?

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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Never mind, I thought you were asking the question not answering it. Sorry.

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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Tartan 3700
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

If money really were no object, I would probably want a custom 38 to 40 footer designed by a well known performance design firm (Bruce Farr''s office would be at the top of my list). I would probably have it built at a shop like Cookson''s, Holby or Lindsey. The boat would probably be composite construction with a kevlar shell. In a general sense the boat should have an L/D around 160 and a SA/D of 22 or so. I would want a fractional rig and a lift dagger board with a bulb allowing 4''-6" draft when up and 7 food draft when down as well as shiftable water ballast. I would want her set up for single-handing and fitted with offshore capable interior plan (i.e. narrow walking aisles, good seaberths, aft head and galley, good hand grips with lots of water, fuel and supply storage).

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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Todd,

If you are picking a Tarten , then why not the larger Tarten 4100 I see.
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Hey..Jeff H. I understand "in general" why these more tradional designs are not what you might think are the ultimate Blue Water boats.

There is a great article in this months SAIL magazine comparing two different types of boats for Ocean Cruising. One a traditional heavier Centerboarded (Shannon 37) and the other a more performance Fin Keel Spade Rudder (Samoa 47).

Basically it asks the question " Would you rather cope with heavy weather in a fast close winded boat, or a slower, more comfortable one." It was writen by Beth Leonard who has lots of Blue water experience in both boats.

Great article and it has lots of good pros and cons for both.
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

I would do the 3700 just ''cause I like the size/layout. Although I have two kids, I often sail short handed. Of course, with money being no object, I''d buy a house with a deep water dock on Spa Creek with the leftover cash.
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Since money is no object, who in their right mind would settle for a 44'' boat???? Go all out and buy an Oyster 66 with all the bells and whistles. I just bought my first real home and my next goal in life is to buy a sailboat larger than my previous home (a 14x60 mobile home). I have been very poor for most of my life and am working very hard to get ahead in life. I will succeed and with that in mind, I WILL NOT put any kind of limitations upon my dreams.
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

I currently have a Westsail 32. If I all of a sudden had unlimited budget, I''d just get on and go. While not an ideal boat, it is sufficient, so why waste time looking around, buying, and outfitting a new boat when I could already be cruising. One thing is for certain, with an unlimited budget, I wouldn''t be here writing to you guys about what dream boat I would buy - I''d be writing you from some distant island with my satalite uplink telling you how good the drinks are!
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If unlimited budget, what boat would you purchase?

Todd - any one of the beautiful sea-going catamarans from Ron Givens'' gifted pen. This gifted Kiwi - now living in Noumea - builds the prettiest, toughest sea-frindly boats imaginable
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