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No Alberg 37, no CS36T, no Southern Cross 35/39???
Originally Posted by kwaltersmi
I keep a running list of my favorite bluewater boats with much of the same criteria you have, including price in the $50-$100k range. Here's what I've got so far:
Westsail 32: Good reputation offshore, plentiful, good value, roomier than most 32's, perhaps a bit slow and "tankish"
Cabo Rico Tiburon 36: Salty, Gozzard-genes, poor selection
PSC Mariah 31: Similar to W32 with perhaps a bit less room but better sailing ability
PSC 34/37: Good sailing performance, good looks, a bit cramped
Baba/Ta Shing/Panda 35: Beautiful Perry design with decent sailing ability, proven offshore
Halberg-Rassy Rasmus: Funky looks, a bit dated, roomy double cabin CC
Cheoy Lee Luders 36: Salty but not a great quality rep
Allied Princess 36: good value, more plasticy than others
True North 34: rare, similar to Baba's
Fantasia 35: Perry knock-off similar to Baba's, questionable build quality
Union 35: See Fantasia 35
Cape Dory 36: Beautiful Alberg hull, a bit small inside, good sailing
Hans Christian 33t/34: Beautiful boats, great pullman interior layout (2 cabins) with the 33t
Fuji 32/35/40: Gozzard-ish looking, quality rep?
Shannon 38: pricey but well-made
Pan Oceanic 36: Yet another Perry double-ender
Tayana 37: Classic Perry double-ender
Hardin Sea Wolf 41/CT 41/Island Trader 41/Yankee Clipper 41/Sea Tiger 41/Transworld 41: Big, piratey looking tanks, questionable build quality?
Niagra 35: Hinterhoeller design, unique layout
Dreadnought 32: Proven but antiquated
Vineyard Vixen 34: Rare?
Alajela/Ingrid 38: Beautiful classic, many w/ custom interiors
Island Trader 37: Roomy, offshore capable?
Islander Freeport 41: Lots of room and value, Perry design CC/deck saloon-ish
Mariner 32/40: Good value, proven offshore
If I had to pick just one of the above, with price not being an object, I'd go with the HC 33t. I love the looks, private cabins, shower, Pullman berth, full keel and canoe stern.
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