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As is often the case here, we seem to digress a bit. TIDIAS original thread was concerning the entire boat. I agree whole heartedly regarding the vast superiority of fractional rigged boats, not only for cruising, but just about everywhere. Full head rigged massive foretriangles were the results of attempting to beat out a rule, not for getting the best rig for a boat.
I sailed a lot with Bill Cook, when he was in the early stages of developing what was then a ground breaking design, his One Ton "Celebration". Interesting design, the goodness of a frac-rig, but with the evil flat section from stem to the keel that pounded unmercifully going to weather in a chop. They went into production as the NY-36, touted as the one design a couple could cruise. Too bad the build quality was, ahem, not up to the best practices. I know, I commisioned the first 10 or so.
Anyway... I think we are putting together a good picture of a great cruising boat, and a number of newer designs might fill the bill. BUT.... they are new boats that far exceed TADIAS budget.
Are there any boats that will meet all the criteria AND hit his projected $80k target? A tall order, I know. I spent too many years with the IOR and racing scene, never looking outside to the cruising world. So, is there a frac-rigged 40 or so footer out there, built to handle trans-oceanic, that will be in the $80k price range? If not, where might TADIAS look to compromise?