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Re: What would you get?? newer boat
I'm prejudiced toward swing keel boats, having owned our Clearwater 35 for the past 17 years. The shoal draft has obvious advantages, but the ability to winch up your keel should you misjudge a shortcut is a big deal. No one's ever had to assist me with an ungrounding. Knowing you are highly unlikely to ever have a hard grounding is very liberating.
That said, it isn't easy finding a swing keel boat in your size and budget range. One possibility is the Feeling 416 DI, if you can find one and can live with the French styling. There was a 4 yr. old model for sale at $178K on Long Island about 6 years ago, but it was sold before I could check it out.