Very interesting mr; Cool.
yes, its around 13000 lbs, full keel, and was built 40 years ago !
Not too many boats in that era (even newer full keel ones) were built to be FAST by today's std.
I don't think any 13000lb full keel would be a good light air boat, but it will hold its own in the heavy air.
Most of what you just described though is very typical in most boats i have sailed, with the exception of newer boats that dont have so much prop-walk.
My Catalina is a total nightmare to back out!
I hate it when it comes to reverse
Nevertheless i think the Alberg is still a great boat for what it is, and so do many people, and that's why they still have a big following. I know people personally that have sailed them all over the world!
I kind of understand their capabilities (strong and fairly stable) and as well as their short comings (old and narrow beam + old design).
But if you dont like them, i quite understand and thats fine too...
But at least you should put what you liked also (unless it was just a real piece of crap,... i highly doubt it)
My thinking is just so, that any boat can be a great boat if you spend the time to make it one and know its weaknesses and strength.
I raced motorcycles for many years and i went through the same dramas we i am doing here.
I eventually learned the good riders rode fast and well no matter what bike they rode on (most were on older bikes even) , and the bad ones just rode bad and stupid no matter what bike they had.
Off course a nice newer bike will make you go faster indeed and handles much much better.
It was just about fun for me, NOT winning. And i had the most fun on a Ducati 748, that was a pretty slow bike (100HP vs. 170hp on newer 1000cc bikes which i had one of those too!), simply because it was sooo much fun to ride! Easy and manageable, but it was the feel of the bike that was the best part (that Italian finesse and craftsmanship, but dont ask me about the temperamental aspect! ... small price to pay, hey she's IItalian... vat ya expekt !)
Boats are very much the same.
Its no different in sailing except speed is not the goal here (or you would buy a freaky power boat unless you are in a deserted island and have no choice), but just enjoying the sail without getting yourself thrown out or sunk in a crappy boat!
I love any sailboat no matter what as long as i sail and if all i can get is a $500 boat then be it. I dont want to think about what a piece of junk it is, since then i wont enjoy the sail.
It seems people can get very harsh about boats here that they dont like and it gets ugly..
its pretty funny...
I really doubt there are many boats that are just all BAD!
I am just not very interested in one sided reviews, that's all.
That will only piss off a lot of owners like Seebreeze.. that love their Pearson
or did or whatever...
(i dont own a Pearson yet...so..),
but if i do some day i will be after you guys ...hehe..
One needs only to go to some of these poor countries and see the junks they sail all over the place in the sea and much BETTER than most of you think or can do (since they do it daily unlike us), to realize what i am talking about. But we are just too spoiled here ...
having said that, it comes down to skills and experience of sailing, NOT what you ride, (unless its a show) but off course i'd not turn down a nice Beneteau or a Tartan...
Indeed i like to get a descent sailboat, and i appreciate all the feedback, specialy Mr; H
he sure knows his stuff...
My favorites so far are Islander, Cal, Tartan, and Pearson.
Seen a nice cascade too.
But its hard to find one that was well kept and fits in the budget.
...here is what i call a real sailboat that has a 2 cyl. engine..