Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Best used cheap blue water boats 30-45ft
I think you should consider displacement and sail (and anchor) handling systems when considering boats to singlehand. For example, a Westsail 32 is almost 20,000 lbs while a CS36T, just for example, is closer to 15,000. The CS, and lots of similar boats, has a lot more space and is much faster. It is also a lot easier to handle under power getting into and out of docks. It is also a pretty rugged boat. BTW, not saying you should buy a CS, just that there are other directions to look.
As for systems, when it comes to things like winches and wind lasses, many boats have marginal ones since it was a good way for the builders to save money.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).