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Ensign vs. Typhoon
I''ve sailed on both, and of the two the Ensign would be my choice. The Typhoon is more a "look" than something you actually sail. If you really like the "look", there is another out there, the name escapes me, but the outboard is in a well, so you don''t mess up the lines with a motor hanging off the back. Can''t really say if it affects boat speed or not, seeing that the Typhoon has no boat speed to speak of.
The Ensign is a nice boat, sails well, all things concidered. But it really is a dated design. I sailed/raced a couple out of Noroton Yacht Club on LIS back in the 70''s. There was even an overnight race for them!
But if you like the Ensign, but would like something a little more modern and A LOT faster, try a Sonar. The boat really has a lot to offer, and just a smidge more room in the cuddy if you want to try and sleep over. Same huge cockpit, nice big main and fractional rig. A good handling all round boat.
I don''t know much about them, but the Colgate also catches my eye. I have spoken to some owners who really like them. I don''t know if you will be sailing with little ones, because the open transom of the Colgate scares me a bit with kiddies on board.
For a last shot in the dark, my all time favorite in the pocket rocket class was the Santana 23. A real mover and trailerable. You want the late 70''s model. Dagger board, fractional rig, running backs, small cozy cabin but the open transom thing again. But they can be a bit "Busy" with all the stings and stuff.
Also a nice boat is the Ranger 23. I never was a big fan of their bigger boats but the little MORC R-23 was a real sweet little boat. More cabin and living space than either the Ensign or the Typhoon, or even the Santana.
I agree, most J-24''s in your price range are probably "Rode hard and put up wet" as they say. That, and they are not really the most comfortable of boats to cruise on, much less race. I think I still have bruises from years ago on those little monsters.