I have been sailing for 35 years. I have a pretty good sense of what I like and want in a boat.
I also am of the SMALLER camp v. LARGE boat camp.
I am considering a few older classic plastic boats and am looking for some unbiased opinions.
HR Mistral 33' . Nice lines, not sure I want all that wood to take care of. What issues are any of you aware of w/ them?
Sea Sprite 30. CE RYDER, need I say more? I'm just a little leery of the short length and low SA/D ratio.
Southern Cross 31 cutter. Same thing. Great sea boat from all I can find, but I also sail on Chesapeake Bay. Light air performance would be horrendous w/ a SA/D of less than 13!
Stepping up in cost, but definitely up there in eye candy appeal is the Hinckley Pilot 35. Probably a bit smallish below, but for just two people...
God, I drool every time I see one of these!
I've heard said they can be wet in rough weather though... And yes, I could probably afford it. Or at least I could before last Oct!
Bristol 35. Not a Hinckley, but would do for offshore and still has light air performance I suspect.
Cape Dory 36. Now this is probably the closest to a good compromise on looks, cost and filling my needs that I have found.
I'm really leery of a SA/D less than 15.5
So, let me have it. Offer up your opinions!