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Re: Which boat in a gale; apples and oranges
This is my 2 cents and its all its worth. I have owned a Flicka, Allegra 24, and now a FC22. I love them all and will sail them anywhere. The key to small boats is keeping them under control. A large boat is much more forgiving and in those kind of conditions if you make a mistake it will be a lot less of an ordeal. I have not been able to get any of these three boats to drive into big steep sea's and high winds, small boats have many limitations. On the other hand they are so small and light that they float over everything as opposed to driving through them. I go to great lengths not to be caught off guard in fowl weather and if I do get caught I heave to, make cookies and hide under my sleeping bag till its over, I HATE rough weather. In my very limited opinion the FC is the better sailing boat of the three but also much, much more expensive to purchase, maintain, and operate, by double at a minimum.