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Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

As somebody with still a lot to learn, it is very interesting to read the tradeoffs between offshore capable but older, less spacious, and slower vs newer, more comfortable, but lighter boats.

Since the link is still there, can I assume something turned you off against the boat? If so, do you mind sharing?
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Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

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I've seen a PHRF rating for the Rawson 30 that was near 300 - compare that to a Cal 20 with a rating of 264 - that Rawson is a SLOOOW boat. If you're going offshore in one you better have big water tanks.
And people call a Westsail 32 (phrf ~ 218) slow??

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Re: Advice please - 30' Rawson Sloop

I am buying one of these, first because of the price. Second because it has a full keel. When I step aboard I want a boat that does not lean toward me. This one pasts the test. The rig is a bit light compared to other boats but the one I am looking at has a good strong engine and a 3/8 chain road. She will duck and dive and maybe slid off the face but this boat meets my needs for SF bay, some delta and if need be a fair boat for the open. It's about good storage fair sailing and a comfort. I'm not thinking like the wanderlust I was. No major transits or big crossing for me. No tons of bright work for vanity's sake or courses where you squeeze around the marker. I see this boat as a plan old family station wagon. For now with my son home and my wife spending time aboard, it's enough.
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