for the delay!
I didn't realise that the replies were still building up as I think I inadvertently switched off the e-mails.
I guess first off I need to explain this is my first boat... I want to enjoy it, I do love the racing side for sure and have done a little bit myself. I thought the catalina would be a happy medium for me. Not having had a boat before though I'm not really going to have any comparison for the moment so maybe I should just spend less and take a 40+ hunter for a while? I never realised boat buying could be such a task I've been looking on and off for 2 years and solid for the past year and I'm still unsure.
Its the interiors of the catalinas and hunters (1995 upwards) that are doing it for me I'm not ashamed to say. I understand that I most likely will not be down there a huge amount unless I eventually decide to live aboard but its still what I like most.
So now you know its my first one it may help
George B - appreciate that rundown, I too would love to get hold of a Sabre but that type of money is definitely not within my grasp at the moment and I think I would shed a fair few tears when I pranged it. The 380 is one I have looked at in great detail as of late.
TheWhiteRabbit - I nearly did the same thing
Olson - I can honestly say that I didn't know as I haven't even glanced at them as yet - although I currently have a couple of tabs open in firefox giving me the rundown!
puddinlegs - Good question and a tough one to answer, I want to say at the dock as I believe when I'm sailing and its nice outside I'd be topside, but then would I be if its nice below? So I'd say a bit of both.
BGallinger - Ease of handling is the big thing there for me in your statement, I plan to spend a lot of time with just myself and my girlfriend on so that ability counts a great deal.
Seaparrto - will do thankyou sir
cb32863 - would I be sacrificing safety for a nice interior? I've seen the ratings on both boats and they seem pretty tough to me?
Mimsy - without wishing to start anything, could I ask what your reasons are for not liking the hunter? I'm always interested to hear other peoples views. As for an adventurous itinerary I thought the catalina would support that?