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|07-28-2008 01:56 AM|
|cranki||The J30 argument has some merit. Coming form Laser sailing you will want a quick, responsive boat, not a traditional full keel as I believe the Cape Dory's and 1960's era Pearsons are. I think the J is kind of short on comfort though and you can find a better "compromise".|
|07-27-2008 11:25 PM|
Seriously consider isail's recommendation
FWIW, I agree with isail's call to look for a J-boat. They are superior sailing boats. I am biased, as I own a J/28 (a cruising J with full teak interior), which I sail in the Chesapeake. Having lived in SC for 15 years, I am familar with Charleston Harbor and the ICW and believe you'd find the flexibility of a J to be perfect for the range of coastal cruising conditions you describe. The J/30 is a tad bigger and as another poster mentioned, is tiller steered, which may or may not suit you. I prefer a wheel, which the J/28 has, as it is modeled off the J/40 cockpit. In the size range you are looking, try finding a saloon with a fold up table - you'll appreciate the extra space with guests aboard.
|07-16-2008 03:08 AM|
Originally Posted by SCoffshore View Post
Isn't that the point of being on top of the missus...
|07-15-2008 11:33 PM|
|chsjohn||SCoffshore, Gonna try and put it at a private dock, but it may or may not work out (Bohicket Creek or the Stono). I'm on the south side of town so it would probably be in the Ashley if I go to a marina. Charleston County Marina at the old navy base is the cheapest in town (long waiting list), but I don't know think I would care to much for the view.|
|07-15-2008 11:03 PM|
Well Charleston John, where are you planning on keeping this boat? Daniel Island, Johns Island, Wild Dunes, "Toler's Cove", Patriot's point? Some of the marinas around town have a draft issue, some don't definately want to take the draft into account, as you know 6' can definately be pushing it when trying to go down the ditch. Good luck in your search.
If you look at a 2 cabin boat, you definately want something where you are not sitting on top of the missis as much as you can, because as you know it gets very very hot and humid.
|07-15-2008 10:41 PM|
|chsjohn||oh yeah, Just for info. It looks like there is a 200' plus megayacht aground in Charleston harbor in the south channel just off the battery in front of Plum Island (at least it was this afternoon). Maybe I need to run the skiff out and see if they're looking for a Licensed Master with some local knowledge.|
|07-15-2008 10:29 PM|
Thanks for all the great replies. No worrys about the hijacking, found it interesting info.
Just out of curiosity what about a Nonsuch 26? The do fit my price range (the 30's are just a little to pricey for me). I think they're pretty well built (although cored). Very simple rig (not much different than my Laser racing expirience). Seem pretty fast downwind, and not to bad to windward just won't point as high. The also seem to have a decent sized diesel in the newer ones (good for cruising the ditch) and are fairly shallow draft 4'-6". Not to mention they may save me a little in slip fees. Are there any hidden pitfalls to these rigs???
Thanks in advance
|07-15-2008 08:35 PM|
|sailingdog||Sounds like the aft cabin on the Corsair 31. To go forward, you can either get on your belly and crawl, or go on deck and down the main companionway. Doesn't sound like a real three-cabin boat IMHO.|
|07-15-2008 07:20 PM|
Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Sure, I'll give that a shot. First the cabin appears to consist of a bunk for two, period. there is little if any storgae, there is not room enough for two adults to dress at the same time, and to visit the head at night you need to open two hatches and cross the cocpit. I guess the question I'd have is whether you would want to spend a week in there with the missus. I would not. I guess a coffin for two is still a coffin.
|07-15-2008 05:33 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
In any case, much thanks to everyone, including for the OP's patience. I'm gonna post a new question on this, so as to hopefully return this thread to it's original subject.
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