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36'-40' wolves in sheep's clothing

I have been trying to find production yachts that were designed by reputable, respected architects and have good communities around them (I think those things are probably related); the Cherubini Hunters, for instance, or the Catalina 38 (designed, respectively, by John Cherubini and Sparkman & Stephens). I've been doing a lot of digging around looking for models that fit that basic criteria but it occured to me that I could probably just ask here and find folks that already know more than I could ever find out on my own.

Are there any other fairly common production cruiser models that were designed by architects that are better known for their performance boats?
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Interesting idea you bring forward!
CT-38 (Alan Warwick)
Cascade 36 (Robert Smith)
Choy Lee 38 (Ray Richards)
Ericson 38 and E-39 (Bruce King)
Baltic 38 (Doug Peterson)
Tartan 37 (S&S)

Just for starters.......

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Alsberg Bros Express 37.

Express37.org

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1986 Express - Alsberg Bros 37 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

70 odd sum made, good one's change hands pretty quickly. Great glasswork, tough boats, and their sailing record speaks for itself.

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Some of the Gary Mull designed Rangers can be 'sleepers'.. The entire C&C line would probably fall within your parameters, and I'd throw in the Ray Wall designed CS boats too even though he's not necessarily a 'name'. Tony Castro had some good success in racing in Britain and went to design a number of newer CS models, as well as a sprinkling of Jeanneaus and others.

Also the Ron Holland designed Ericson 36 and 33 are great boats and another that comes to mind is the German Frers designed Niagara 31, though the last two are outside your size limit.

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Ray Wall not a name? He is in England. Below is a partial list from Sailboat data.

The Nicholson 55 was an awesome boat in her day.

I am a bit biased though.
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I understand his stature/accomplishments.. but I wonder how many would know to list him as one of the greats.

He's very much a gentleman too, and nearly a neighbour of your's , Brian!

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I know he lives in Sidney and keeps his Quanta at Marina Park. When I was working on a boat out there last year I kept an eye out but didn't see him. His Quanta looks like it just left the showroom.

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My boat fits the spirit of your enquiry if not the letter.

Maurice DeClerq designed an out and out IOR boat for a Canadian racer.

The New Bombay Trading Company acquired the hull mould and built a few in the late 70s with a cruising interior and I guess a smaller rig, calling it an Explorer 44.

I have had mine now for about a year and a half now and am getting used to planning passages expecting to average 6 knts +. On a recent passage from Dominica down to Martinique the open water section of 25 miles or so was done at 8knts +. Yes I propably should have tucked in the second reef but whoooo hoooo!
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....... On a recent passage from Dominica down to Martinique the open water section of 25 miles or so was done at 8knts +. Yes I propably should have tucked in the second reef but whoooo hoooo!
...Gotta love those tradewind island hops... esp when you can tee that up with the swells like in Bequia Channel, it can be surf city for nearly any boat!

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Robert Perry has designed some fast boats. Esprit 37 for one.

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