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Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

And apologies in advance, but I will try to give enough detail to spare folks the task of typing "It depends on your needs."

The six foot itch kicked in and turned into the ten foot itch and is now between 13 and 15 feet - we are looking at boats between 35 and 37 feet.

- This is for two people to live aboard sometimes right now and more down the line. We did this on our current boat...which is to say no, we don't need the boat to come with a butler but yeah, there's a reason we got the itch.

- Must have a centerboard or at least a shoal keel - but preferably cb.

- That magic balance between enough displacement to keep her reasonably stable and dare I say comfortable but not so much that we have to give up and turn the engine on half the time.

- Needless to say, well built.

- The boat will definitely be 70's or 80's. Aside from the price tag, there's a wealth of information to be had about boats that have a track record. (Such as what you good people are thinking about posting right now.)

We have a top two in this beauty pageant right now, but rather than turn it straight into a comparison of those specific boats, I'll see what wisdom rains down. There are a lot of boats that will fit the above criteria, but which do YOU like, and why?

One name I will submit as having been dropped: Pacific Seacraft. So beautiful! So solid! Such a good reputation! A little on the heavy side.

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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

I love the Ericsons . . . Check out ericsonyachts.org they have a for sale category, great build quality/reputation (and a very helpful/friendly group)
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

Will do, thanks.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

How about Tartan 37 CB, Bristol 35.5 CB, Pearson 365. Just for starters.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

Aha, one of those is already a one of the current top 2! Will check out the others.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

I think just about anything that came with a centerboard around the 70's and 80's in the mid to upper 30 foot range will be a reasonably well built boat. The cost of the mechanism kind of kept away the more poorly built boats. Tartan, Bristol, Pearson and Erickson all have good reps. You might also look at a Freedom, they made some centerboard models but have unusual rigs(not a bad thing just another option). Personally I really like the older Tartans, have a good reputation for sailing ability, and quite high quality construction for a production boat. They also look really nice both the 34 and 37.

Center boards seem to have 2 big advantages, that is skinny water ability, and down wind performance. They of course do loose some up wind pointing ability to a fin keel as you can't get something from nothing.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

Rare, but the Clearwater 35 might fit the bill.. Also some of the mainstrean C&C models were offered in K/CB versions.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

True, Maitapaul, it's all a trade off. Our deal is that we need a low draft often but there are times when more is useful.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

Feel appreciated, Sailnet Community. We are indeed looking up boat names submitted here, even if we have looked before. And for the record, both of our top 2 have now been named. But the others are good suggestions. Our top 2 have changed before, and could again.
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Re: Another "opinions requested" thread about boat choices...

If your top two contains the Tartan 37 C then I'll say no more.
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