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I have ad sloops & cutters.Now have a ketch & find it easier.Sails smaller different sail options.marc
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Bellefonte,

With regard to the schooner to which you linked -- one of my brothers looked at that boat but it had already been sold. Not sure why the Yachtworld ad is still active...
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Thanks Marc and John. I am now in the process of going through the Offshore Boat list by John Neal, looking up the ones that fit my initial criteria and cross referencing those boats to yachtworld and sailboatlistings to see what was actually available, price, condition etc.
Its been an interesting study. At first, I wasnt documenting my findings, just rifling through. But then, I started blogging my findings and thoughts on each boat I thought was noteworthy along with a picture.
It will take a while, but when I finish the research, I will know a lot more than I do now about what I want versus what is available.
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My suggestion would be that you not focus too much on any one rig-type. If you look exclusively at "ketch" or "schooner", you are really narrowing your possibilities.

If your itinerary is mostly coastal and island hopping in the Bahamas/Carib, a sloop will certainly be adequate. Many people sail sloops across oceans.

Some prefer more flexibility in the sail-plan and opt for double-headsails (cutters, double-headsail sloops) or ketch/yawl rigs, even schooners.

There's no one single answer. Stay flexible and open minded. But for family sailing, I would emphasize simplicity over complexity.
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