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Re: Boats like S&S 34
without being too repetitive you are looking at this from a wrong angle andy...
if you look at numbers you can come up with wildly different looking boats yet the numbers are similar as you have already seen.
you can search by decade design say ior, cca, etc or
you can look at the physical attributes and aspects of the boats
you can class them by displacements
you can class them by sail area or phrf
you can class them by sail design
or spade and fin
spade and full keel
skeg and fin
skeg and full keel
3/4, cutaway full keel, barndoor ad nauseum
the point is SIMILAR to me means similiar looking and performing...
so take your s and s 34 to me close very close is a contessa 32...however the contessa 32 is definitely more iorish because it has a very very small main...
other than that and the fact that they were built in different continents they have very similiar underwater features and performance
while this is subjective in the sense we are judging by looks and certain aspects to me its the best way to compare boats
real life versus say just NUMBERS...
it would be a fools errand to shop for boats on numbers alone...to me at least
you are confusing yourself now more because you have peoples likes and dislikes....added to the "numbers"
best way to search for boats is to hear real life stories about their sailing characteristics in racing, cruising, offshore scenarios, club racing etc...and compare
Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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