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Thanks for all the replies.
I thought the Vic-Maui had similar requirements to the Transpac and Pacific Cup, but they seem to be a bit more conservative in Canada. Wasn't aware of the 4-crew requirement. Also inboard propulsion is required. I guess that race won't be my first trip to Hawaii.
So "trailerable" will be essential, as I'll need to move it to and from S.F. SD: by trailerable, I mean under 13' tall on the trailer, <102" beam, under 3 tons with trailer and gear, hoist-launched. And I'm not looking for a project, but don't think I'm going to need to settle for one at $30k. Keep in mind, the boats I'm shopping for don't include a lot of teak furniture and plumbing/electrical down below.
The Antrim is a compelling boat, but yeah, out of my price range. Will look into the Tripp, Laser, Kirby and the O25. Great recommendations.
I've heard other comments that the Express doesn't like light air. Is that just relative to the SC27? For the around-the-cans stuff, I'll be racing PHRF against mostly heavier 30-35' racer cruisers (S29.1, J35, C&C34...). Unless they stick me in the sportboat fleet, against M24's and FT10s. Then it won't really matter.
Faster, I think I've seen that Martin listed for over a year now. A curious boat. You know what the story is?