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Re: cape dory 30
My husband and I usually prefer tillers on boats, however, we are currently looking at a CD30 with a wheel and if we buy it we plan to leave it that way.
Our last boat was a CD28 with a tiller. The CD28 and CD30 have nearly identical cockpits and we found that because of the smaller size of the cockpit on these boats that the tiller sweeping across made it seem very crowded. We were always shifting our position around to accomodate the tiller.
I can't say enough about the beautiful handling of the boat though, and we had it out in some pretty snotty conditions, but it always performed in a very seakindly manner. As far as manuevering goes, the only fault we could find with it was that it didn't back worth a damn under power. Something about the design of the prop. We hear that is the case with inboard powered CDs pretty much across the board.
We've owned a variety of types of boats from Catalina's (3) and a Newport 30 on the racer/cruiser side to a Bristol, a Cabo Rico and 3 Cape Dories on the cruiser side. There is no question in our mind which type of boat we would be more comfortable going to sea on.
We have always been minimalists to some degree. We have lived on a Bristol 24 and we camp with a homebuilt teardrop. Some people may not be comfortable with the smaller space inside the Cape Dories and similar narrow full-keel designed boats, but this is the boat we are considering for our retirement cruiser.
Fair winds and following seas....