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Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

We currently have a CNC 37 which is a lovely boat in so many ways. Unfortunately, as my partner and I head toward our mid sixties the steep companionway, difficulties climbin in out and around a v berth, etc are creating increasing challenges. My partner loves the classic lines of the CNC, has never had a boat other than a CNC and is reluctant to consider another make (read a little stubborn here). I would love some suggestions for a boat, probably between 35 a 45 feet, sloop rigged, CLASSIC lines with a more user friendly interior. I know some of the newer designs with wider beam, more prominent chine would fit the bill for the interior except we don't have the classic lines there. Price negotiable for the right boat. Thanks for your help.
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Re: Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

You might want to consider a gentlemen's daysailer - typically easy to sail, comfortable ergonomics, perfect for couples

Morris 36
Alerion 33
Schock Harbor 30

All have similar waterlines (approx: 26') and beams (9'11")
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I know you don't want to hear this, but multihulls are truly geriatric cruising boats. I'm in my late 60's with a beat up body, and I wouldn't be cruising, much less single-handing, if I had to be on a monohull.
This comes from somebody who lived for years on a double ended cutter with a gaff main, and no winches. She was pretty, but I couldn't do it now.
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Re: Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

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We currently have a CNC 37 which is a lovely boat in so many ways. Unfortunately, as my partner and I head toward our mid sixties the steep companionway, difficulties climbin in out and around a v berth, etc are creating increasing challenges. My partner loves the classic lines of the CNC, has never had a boat other than a CNC and is reluctant to consider another make (read a little stubborn here). I would love some suggestions for a boat, probably between 35 a 45 feet, sloop rigged, CLASSIC lines with a more user friendly interior. I know some of the newer designs with wider beam, more prominent chine would fit the bill for the interior except we don't have the classic lines there. Price negotiable for the right boat. Thanks for your help.
In that size range, probably a Catalina would come closest to "classic" looking in a new boat. The old 42 had a pullman fore-cabin with the head in the V - very nice setup for a couple. Older Beneteaus, Jeanneaus etc have those looks as well as the more modern interiors etc.

If a pretty old boat would do, the C&C Landfalls in that size range were good, comfortable boats.

P.S. There's always the time honoured choice of moving to a trawler as well.
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Re: Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

You may also want to consider the IP 420, it has the traditional looks but is very wide and comfortable inside. The master stateroom has an easy access bed and seats for dressing. A separate shower and spacious head compartments. The fold away table makes,the salon very roomy and easy to get around in. The galley is comfortable and easy to use even underway, with plenty of areas to brace against. There is a tremendous amount of storage and plenty of room for visitors as well.
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Re: Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

Check out


Schock Harbor 20

Schock Harbor 25

Schock Harbor 30

All are comfortable, easy to single Hand, yet nimble sailing boats
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Schock Harbor 20

Schock Harbor 25

Schock Harbor 30

All are comfortable, easy to single Hand, yet nimble sailing boats
He said 35 to 45 feet - I think he wants a cruiser, not a daysailer.
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Re: Need new boat to accomodate old(er) body

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I know you don't want to hear this, but multihulls are truly geriatric cruising boats. I'm in my late 60's with a beat up body, and I wouldn't be cruising, much less single-handing, if I had to be on a monohull.
This comes from somebody who lived for years on a double ended cutter with a gaff main, and no winches. She was pretty, but I couldn't do it now.
What kind of multihull are you sailing single-handed? Why is it easier on the old body?

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Getting older? Trawler. Way easier in every aspect than a sailboat.
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What kind of multihull are you sailing single-handed? Why is it easier on the old body?

Richard
40' Norman Cross trimaran.

Little heeling, so easier to get around with my not very agile legs. Also, the sail area is usually less on a multi than a comparable length mono (cruising boats) so raising and trimming sails is easier. I spend a lot of time anchoring in shallow water (Bahamas), so less rode needs to be paid out/raised. There is something to be said for the concept that a lighter boat doesn't need as heavy ground tackle as a heavier boat, but let's not start an anchoring war.
I sail without roller furling or a windlass.

The main advantage to me is sailing on the level. There are some newer (and faster) tris that heel a good bit, but not mine. Being able to stand up comfortably at 7 knots is a treat.
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