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Here are three boats that I’m considering for extended cruising, an Alden Caravelle 42, A Cape Dory 36, and a Pacific Seacraft 37. I would appreciate a discussion of the merits of each. Which ever boat was selected would be completely refitted. Thank you.
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From what I know, the PS 37 and the CD are pretty similar in characteristics like speed, size, comfort index, capsize rating. The Alden is going to be a good deal more expensive to own, while not being significantly faster or more comfortable to sail.

The CD36 has a LWL of 27.3', the PS37 one of 27.75' and the Alden Caravelle has one of only 28'. This means that they all have fairly similar cabin space relatively speaking... and that the Alden is going to cost more to own, maintain, sail, and haul for no significant advantage over the other two. It is also probably the most expensive of the three.

I would say that you should choose between the CD 36 and the PS 37. The sail area is much more reasonable and either will be far simpler and easier to single-hand than the AC42.

Of the two, I would say that they're pretty much a toss up between them... the numbers for comfort, capsize rating, speed, etc, are really too close to be significant. Both have an excellent history, and both have fairly active owner's associations AFAIK.

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SD...good thoughts. I would only add that i am really familiar with the PS37 and it is quite small inside due to the canoe stern. Great boat..but I would be inclined to opt for the CD myself...all other things being equal....and they never are!
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Didn't realize the PS37 was double-ended.... that would put the CD36 ahead in my thoughts as well...since it would give you a significant amount of additional space relatively speaking.

I doubt the Alden Caravelle 42 has significantly more room that the Cape Dory, given how short the LWL is... it must have some serious overhangs.... which also make it somewhat less seaworthy IMHO.

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I wouldn't say the Pacific Seacraft is "quite" small inside. The head and galley are a bit smaller than the Cape Dory's, but the v-berth is I believe a bit more expansive. The Cape Dory cockpit is larger and more open.
The PS however is going to cost twice as much as the Cape Dory, and probably be more comprehensive and more up to date in equipment.

Both are fine boats for cruising, coastal or offshore.

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