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01-05-2013 11:19 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

Early 90s Catalina 34s and 36 have walk-through transoms, as does the C320, Hunter Legends from 89/90 on, and yes, most any boat 2000 and on. Many had better stern platforms that did not have an actual 'walk through, ie the platform is there but you had to climb up and over into the cockpit.. so that's another option. Some CS 36Ms came that way among others. C&C 34+, 37 also had 'open' transoms..

FWIW we kayak off our boat all the time, my wife doesn't have a lot of upper body strength yet she's perfected a technique for getting into and out of the kayak on our stern ladder.. she gets one foot wet but that's it. So it is possible with practice so may not eliminate the other boats you may like.
01-05-2013 10:42 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

My wife and I looked at some boats today (Sabre 32 cb and Hunter 33) and came to the conclusion that one of the things she would really like on the boat is a step off transom (is that the correct term?- for kayak access). That rules out many of the boats I had previously been considering. It seems to be putting me into 2000+ era boats as near as I can tell. Anyone have suggestions to add to my list if you factor that in? Thanks- Dave
12-31-2012 01:18 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

Paulo likes the Hanse brand, and has knowledge about it maybe he will chime in.

12-31-2012 09:32 AM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

I found a 34c in the area to look at as well as a 105, so I will check those out. I also found a Hanse 320 which looks intriguing. Any comments on that boat?
12-31-2012 07:39 AM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

Since you are leaning toward J's anyway, I would recommend the 34c, 32, or even the 37. I am a bit biased having owned a 34c and both versions of the 37. 34's are hard to find as they only built 36. 37's and the 37c are a bit more available with the non-c version being quite reasonable in price. Initial stability of Jboats is lower than some, but when you build some speed, they lock in with 12-15 degrees heel and move. I love they way they sail. I have never owned a 32, but would strongly consider that one for what you are wanting to do. They have very large berths, good headroom, well built, and are newer than the others. Also, they have Yanmars in them. The 34 and the 37-non c have Volvos, I never had a lot of problems from my Volvos, but parts are expensive and tech info is not as good as with Yanmars. Shoal versions of all 3 sail very well compared to deeper draft boats, though in my opinion, there is no substitute for draft. I would not be hesitant to go with any of these. Go look at when you have a moment, there is a little bit of info there on these boats. Post with your search progress.
12-30-2012 05:42 PM
Suggestions for my next boat

Might want to look at the Freedoms. They are fairly stiff, at least my 38 is. Good headroom and easy to singlehand.
12-29-2012 05:42 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

J's are great for racing....low on the amenities scale....they are also tender like a C& just have to knwo when to reef on them and keep them on their feet, when you do they still fly. Id still prefer the C&C for speed over the Hunters, Catalina, and the Bennes in that size range.

Look at Sabres they are quick and have good cruising amenities also/

12-29-2012 03:47 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat


If you like J boats you should also consider the J32.
There is one listed at McMichael's, which isn't too far away
McMichael Yacht Brokers and Yacht Yard - Our Yacht Listings

Personally, if I had a boat on a mooring (and I do) I would insist on at least a swim / boarding platform and I would prefer a walk through rear transom.

Some obvious suggestions for you are any thirtyish foot boat from Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau and the like. Specifically, the Catalina 320, Hunter 33, Beneteau 323.

Good luck,
12-29-2012 02:39 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

The J105 has maybe 5.5 feet headroom.... but it's a quick boat. I dismissed it on that basis.. the 34C is another story and a different boat, and would likely be do-able in that range. They are relatively rare, though.
12-29-2012 02:29 PM
Re: Suggestions for my next boat

Funny you should mention J boats. Someone I know I asked for boat ideas immediately suggested the J34c and J105. As to budget, I am targeting 50-100k as a starting point. I look on the cost as a "get what you pay for" calculation, so if there is a reason to spend more, I would consider want to know what I am paying for. There is also the what you can expect to get back so whether the extra investment pays off.
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