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Thanks for the reply. As for "what I really want to do", I'll be sailing solo, exploring mostly the out-of-the-way little islands, atolls, etc... fishing and diving my way through wherever looks good. Starting in North Carolina, heading down through the Caribbean, then through panama and crossing blue water out to the Marquesas, then island hoping through the South Pacific, through the New Hebrides, Solomon's, etc... Then, since I've gone that far already, probably just go ahead and circumnavigate around the Cape, up to St. Helena, the Cape Verde islands, and back across to the Caribbean.
I'll be retired from government service, be a remittance man, and can basically do whatever I want with my time.
I'm just trying to decide if I should limit myself to only looking at boats that have a shoal draft. As I said above, I really like the Tartan 37 with the centerboard, which gives them good windward performance, but they are definitely getting dated. I really like the Wauquiez Pretorian 35, but they have 6'+ draft which I am just wondering how much that would actually limit my ability to get into the atolls and such, or if it really isn't an issue.