Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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midsize performance cruiser
I'm starting to think about my next boat.....
My location is Long Island sound. Typical use is day sail for a few hours. Maybe anchor and swim with the kids, eat lunch and then sail home. Add in a weekend sail here and there and a week long trip with my family of 5 (kids ages 16, 12, 9). I have come to the conclusion that my family is never going to love sailing and they are never going to ask me to spend a week or longer on board (but will go for a few days if I tell them). So the boat I'm looking for needs to be big enough for that trip, but most of the time the extra space is just wasted.
I want something that is fun to sail, easy to single hand, responsive, easy to maintain, etc. My budget is up to $100K, maybe a little higher. I am willing to consider boats on the east coast, from Maine to Virginia.
My current boat is a 1986 O'day 35 with shoal draft keel and fixed 3 blade prop. It's big enough for a week on board and comfortable enough, but doesn't sail all that well. It's fine off the wind but with the shoal draft it makes a lot of leeway. My next boat must go to weather better than the O'day and must be faster as well. I race on a well prepared C&C 34, and that boat sails much better than my O'day
I think that boats in the 35' - 37' range would be best. I want something modern, like 1995 or newer. It must have a swim platform. A walk through transom would be nice. It must have a standard mainsail or in boom furler - no in-mast furling without battens. I don't want a shoal draft.
I am trying to decide if I should get a 'higher quality' boat like a Sabre 362 or Tartan 3500 (which would be older - mid 90's) or a typical production boat like a Catalina 350, Beneteau 361 or 373, Hunter 36, etc. (which would be newer, say 2002 or so). I would consider the Catalina 36 but I can't find a deep draft model. A dealer fairly close to me has a Catalina 350 and a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35, so I plan on taking a look at those.
Are there any boats I'm missing? The C&C 110 looks very interesting but there are not many around.
I don't plan on buying anything until next year, but it's never too early to gather information and look around.
How possible is it to go for test sails on older boats? From my previous experience it was next to impossible.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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Last edited by BarryL; 08-12-2010 at 05:06 PM.