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The Pacific coast really favors boats that have good reaching and running performance. It is an area where you should have a very wide choice of really nice very performance boats that cost less than your $100,000 budget and which do not have the miserable sailing characteristics of an IOR design. During the IOR period, there were a wide range of Pacific Rim designers who produced well rounded performance cruisers; designers like Olsen, Davidson. Lee, Spencer, Shumacker, Ross, Farr, Elliot, Wylie, Moore and so on. These boats sell at similar prices to IOR boats of that era but they were generally faster and easier to handle and much better suited to typical west coast conditions than IOR optimized designs.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay