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"Your list has many Narrow boats that will not give you comfort and will want to get a bigger boat soon...." Shakey, think about Sidney777's comment seriously. Your wife will agree once on board. For a long time I was obsessed by the clean, classic lines of some of the older, narrow boats you are looking at. However, I ended up with a Catalina 30. The reason that I ended up with this boat was simply interior space and comfort. When upgrading from a C-22, I sailed a T-27 and a Triton, among others. The boats were beautiful but extremely cramped inside due to the narrow beam. I have friends who own CD's and the like and they are always blown away by the shear difference in interior volume between their boats and my C-30. I even considered a Catalina 27, but after seeing the C-30 their was no comparison. Everything from room in the head to engine access made the C-30 stand out. If you want a narrow boat, you may find that you need to look at 31' plus to find something manageable. Don't be weary of the few extra feet in size, I find the C-30 easier to maneuver than the C-22. Not taking anything away from the narrow designs, but board a few of them and then look at similar sized boats with a wider beam. You may find your tastes change a bit. Having said that, you may be one who can manage the small interior of a narrow boat. They do have their merits in a seaway. In addition, you mentioned speed, or more importantly the unimportance of it. I don't think very many sailboats could be considered fast. However, boats that are fast generally are that way due to efficient sail plans and efficient hulls. This efficiency generally leads to a boat that will point higher and sail off a lee shore better. This can...arguably, increase the safety factor of a boat. As a coastal cruiser, you most likely will find yourself near a shore. Being able to sail away from that shore in an emergency has its merits. Now, more on speed. Lets look at some numbers, keep in mind that these are generalizations being used to prove a point. Cape dory 27- PHRF of 243. Catalina 30- PHRF of 180. This means ideally, equal crews and perfect sail control- the C-30 will be a minute and 3 seconds faster per mile. Multiply this by say, a trip from Savannah Ga to Miami Fl. Guessing around 440 straight miles or so, not including tacks, the C-30 should arrive 7-8 hours before the CD. Theoretically. Throw in the extra distance for tacks and this number could go up into the 1 day mark. Lots can happen in one day, especially with regards to weather. Keep in mind my point was not to be exact regarding the numbers, just to show you that speed can be important. Hope this helped you or at least gave you some things to think about. AR
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