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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

With a difference of 5.5 to 4.5 in draft.....not sure that is worth it! I'd take teh 5.5 too! I have 5.5 in my 28' boat with no real issues. There are afew places here in the salish sea that I would be in trouble, then again, one would be in trouble with less draft if they are not carefull to!

You probably got the better sailing machine, with a few more worries about depth, but probably not enough to really worry about frankly! I'd prefer 6-6.5 on aboat tha size..........

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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

I think I'd like a 6' draft on my 28' boat too, but understand why people like shoal draft in the Chesapeake (even though it really doesn't matter in Puget Sound).

One look at the depth charts for the areas around Neavitt, MD, or St Michaels, MD realizing that the numbers are feet (not fathoms as they are over here) will make you realize that it is a very shallow place. I picked those locations because I have family there, not for any other reason. It looks like I'd have to get 1000' from my families waterfront house to even get 2' of depth.

Where 300' of anchor rode is common around here (Seattle) they must often use 50' or less.
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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

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I just thought I'd update this thread. I went from thinking to doing, and the winner was a 2000 Beneteau 331 in very nice condition--furling main but with standard keel (5' 5"). We sailed her home to Tracy's Landing from Annapolis on Saturday. Actually, we did more motoring than sailing, as we didn't get going until after noon, when the wind got very flaky. What sailing we did however, felt good, and we're looking forward to getting her out there as soon as possible.

Now, I have an excellent Pearson 28-2 for sale...!
Congrats Tom!
I can't wait to see the new addition!

BTW, I was out on Saturday in the area of Thomas Point Light. Must have crossed wakes at some point.
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Thanks Jim! No doubt we were close there. I was the one inadvertently getting in the way of some of the racers in the last of three regattas that were apparently put on to celebrate our new boat
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Beneteuas and Catalinas are flimsy crap. Older designs are far better put together, and more seaworthy.
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Beneteuas and Catalinas are flimsy crap. Older designs are far better put together, and more seaworthy.
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Beneteuas and Catalinas are flimsy crap. Older designs are far better put together, and more seaworthy.
Yes, Brent, I was going to take into consideration the huge number of Beneteaus and Catalinas that must have broken up and foundered on the Chesapeake in recent years, but somehow these cases have all been kept quiet. I'll take my chances.
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Beneteuas and Catalinas are flimsy crap. Older designs are far better put together, and more seaworthy.
Don't take offense. It's Brent's way of saying "Congratulations on your new boat!"

You're not going offshore, so why tote around all the extra weight of the heavier older boats?

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Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat

Congrats Tom,

Glad you found a good fit for you and your wife. More room will make a big difference. Now maybe well see you at the Rondevous one of these years.

The 5.5 will only be a problem in the Kent and Knapps Narrows, but they can be circumvented and circumnavigated if necessary. You will have better performance.

Good luck with her.

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The 5.5 will only be a problem in the Kent and Knapps Narrows, but they can be circumvented and circumnavigated if necessary. You will have better performance.
Thanks Dave! I'm hoping not to have to go around Knapps Narrows all the time--we use it frequently to get to the Choptank, our closest stomping grounds. The Narrows itself and even the eastern side isn't the problem, but the west side entrance, from say Red #4 through the next 50 yards, is. I think it will be doable, but maybe not at low tide.
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