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I like the interiors of the 38-43 foot boats but realistically for a beginner I think maybe the smaller 32 would be a better size to cut my teeth on. I am 66.
what model is your fast old 44ft cutter?
I will be gobsmacked if you have heard of the Company never mind the boat.

She is a New Bombay Trading Company Explorer 44 the centre board version. Despite the name it was a US boat builder based in Cay Largo and the yard went on to become Island Packet.
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bfloyd4445, part of the problem is your size range and price range - you need to narrow things down a bit. Also, there are many capable bluewater boats, and in the end it will be your sense of aesthetics to decide on the final selection. For example, my favorites are Cabo Rico and Hans Christian. In particular for you an HC 33 could be a good choice.

You mentioned speed - as you may know, the longer a boat at the waterline, the faster she is.

Personally I would focus on 32-38 feet, also looking up to 42 feet - the first part of that size range should be easily single-handed; boats up to 42' can be set up to single hand, but as everything is bigger, it is more difficult. And different sail plans (e.g Ketch) also effect this, so there are always "outliers" which could be excellent choices, but you need to narrow down the search initially, and 32-38 is a good starting point.

What I would do in your place - which is a totally awesome place to be in - money and desire for a new boat - is to start visiting brokers; walk around yards; research, research research! The more you build up your knowledge base, the clearer your decision will become.

Finally, as you narrow down your search, your focus will shift from a shortlist of boats you like to a final selection based on price, condition, and equipment installed/required. These factors will end up have just as large an impact - even larger - than a particular manufacturer.

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Well, her draft could pose a bit of a problem in some spots :-)

Power and speed is what I want for running inlets and crossing bars... The boys who run in and out of a place like Oregon Inlet have a pretty good idea what works best...




There's a lot to be said for that Carolina Flare...





Funny I worked on a custom Buddy Davis fishing for Bluefin back in college. There IS a lot to be said of the Carolina flair....
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You need to read this book...

Some like Bob P might consider it slightly outdated in certain respects relative to more recent design trends, but it is still an excellent starting point...

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Funny I worked on a custom Buddy Davis fishing for Bluefin back in college. There IS a lot to be said of the Carolina flair....
yehhh haa...I love fast powerboats. great pix thanks
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What????

Not designed as an offshore boat, but great at coastal cruising. Maybe a little bigger than needed for daysailing, IMO. And probably too big for singlehanding.
I just got my C34 this past year so I haven't done a lot of sailing on it, but I have taken it out singlehanded at it's no problem. Lines are all led back to the cockpit and I have an autopilot. Easier to singlehand than my old Pearson Triton.
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bfloyd4445, part of the problem is your size range and price range - you need to narrow things down a bit. Also, there are many capable bluewater boats, and in the end it will be your sense of aesthetics to decide on the final selection. For example, my favorites are Cabo Rico and Hans Christian. In particular for you an HC 33 could be a good choice.

You mentioned speed - as you may know, the longer a boat at the waterline, the faster she is.

Personally I would focus on 32-38 feet, also looking up to 42 feet - the first part of that size range should be easily single-handed; boats up to 42' can be set up to single hand, but as everything is bigger, it is more difficult. And different sail plans (e.g Ketch) also effect this, so there are always "outliers" which could be excellent choices, but you need to narrow down the search initially, and 32-38 is a good starting point.

What I would do in your place - which is a totally awesome place to be in - money and desire for a new boat - is to start visiting brokers; walk around yards; research, research research! The more you build up your knowledge base, the clearer your decision will become.

Finally, as you narrow down your search, your focus will shift from a shortlist of boats you like to a final selection based on price, condition, and equipment installed/required. These factors will end up have just as large an impact - even larger - than a particular manufacturer.

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I also like the HC 33, Cabo Rico? new to me will have to check them out thank you.

The reason for the wide range is I have seen 42=43 ft boats that I love and people do single hand them but thinking of me, zero experience with sail, seems like I would be better off starting with a boat at the 32ft end of the scale. I keep coming back to the old westsail 32's but most I've seen could use an complete refit.
funny you should mention 32-38 because that's the conclusion I have also come to with my miniscule sail knowledge base.

I am more and more coming to the conclusion I should buy a solid hull and just have it refited by a reputable sail specialist from bottom to top.
thanks again. gotta go look up cabo rico
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this one is nice, I like pilothouse models

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I just got my C34 this past year so I haven't done a lot of sailing on it, but I have taken it out singlehanded at it's no problem. Lines are all led back to the cockpit and I have an autopilot. Easier to singlehand than my old Pearson Triton.
c34? is that a catalina 34? If so I like them. My question is because of the bottom shape how they would do in storm conditions. I envision, and I remind you I know nothing of sailboats, that this sort of hull design would tend to have a bumpier ride in the rough as opposed to a full keel vessel
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