Originally Posted by cortez5
Any suggestions guys?
If you still want classic style, solid construction and bluewater capability with better sailing ability, you might consider the following:
Baba/Tashiba/Panda: These Perry designs feature a cutaway forefoot/modified fullkeel but still maintan a salty look. You'll find them from 30' to 40'.
Tayana 37: Ditto the above remarks.
Pacific Seacraft Mariah: Quite similar to the W32, though I've read they sail a bit better.
PSC 34: A nice sailor with plenty of bluewater prowess, though I find them a bit small down below because of the longish bow overhang and relatively narrow beam.
Island Packet 31: Not a racer by any stretch, but still probably goes to windward a bit better than the W32.
Hans Christian 33t: A favorite of mine because of the very salty, double-ender look and great cabin layout featuring a pullman berth. However, HC33's are pricey.
Hallberg-Rassy Rasmus: Nice twin-cabin design, though a bit dated nowadays.
Cabo Rico Tiburon 36: Nice salty boat with scroll boards and a clipper bow. Most I've seen have been quite rundown, however.
Willie 8-ton: Very similar to the W32 and may not be a better sailer. I like what I've read and seen, but admitedly that is very little.
I can go on and on because I have a 30-something-foot salty bluewater cruiser fetish. Let us know if you need more ideas!