Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Francisco bay
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I would point you to the race records of these boats. Olson 25s and Express 27s have successfully raced to Hawaii from the west coast--don't think any Merits have.
There are two Olson 25s in our harbor (Vallejo Yacht Club, Vallejo, CA). Both are raced and do very well in SF bay conditions. There are several O25s in the bay area. I've been aboard and they seem well put together. I haven't heard anything bad from their owners. I have an Olson 911se. The previous owner sailed in the ocean races around here and also took it to Hawaii. I thinks it's a solidly built boat.
Although we have no E27s, they have been campaigned in SF bay since they were new--there is a very active one-design fleet here.
There are a few Merit 25s on the bay too. Haven't heard much about them though.
IMHO, I'd lean toward the O25 or E27. Look below on these boats. The O25 is much more liveable than the E27. The E27 is a faster boat. Depends really on what you want from your boat.
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