Midwest Puddle Pirate
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Gardner, KS
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I can't speak for the cal or the hunter, but I do know a little about US yachts. Like Faster said, the whole USY line was known for small cockpits, but it does give you more interior room. I can sleep 6 on my boat, but I can't sail 6. Go figure. Poor construction is also a factor. The hull layup is very good as well as the deck construction. They did a lousy job with the ports. They used cheap ports and windows, as well as going cheap on a few other items. I got my boat for a song because of window leaks that went unrepaired, and the floor as well as the deck core rotted out.
The upside is that the boat is a very nice sailing boat, and relatively fast for a cruiser. Given 3 boats in comparable condition, you should find that the USY is much cheaper because of Bayliner's reputation for building lousy sailboats. The Bayliner buccaneer line were pretty bad, and the USY line got some of their reputation by proxy even though they weren't nearly as bad as the buccs.
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