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06-15-2012 10:45 AM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

Originally Posted by sailnoob View Post
Good question puddinlegs, I'm thinking in the neighborhood of 20-40k
Ok, now we can talk.

For consideration:

Pearson 365 (might be at the high end of your range). Ask Smack about his experiences racing on one. Not a lot of sail area (SA/D ~14), but fast in good wind.

Tartan 34c (have seen for under $15 that looked well-cared-for...)

EDIT: I wasn't sure whether the 365's really came in the price range, and I didn't see any on Yachtworld. On a whim I searched with and found a few nice examples. Neat tool for finding the kind of boat you would buy nationwide but might not be listed with a broker. Also potentially a good tool for comparing "high-end" broker prices on YW with "low-end" non-broker prices on local craigslist (and kijiji in CA) sales
06-15-2012 07:01 AM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

I am partial to Bristol 35.5 CB since I own one. Very solid with good motion comfort. Engine compartment is very tight. On the Chesapeake every marina I talk to have nothing but good things to say about the boat and the company that produced it.
06-15-2012 02:08 AM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

Good question puddinlegs, I'm thinking in the neighborhood of 20-40k, which is why I was going for well-made boats from the late 70's or early 80's, and then plan to have a thorough survey performed. The pacific seacrafts are going to be outside that range, I know, even for a late 70's model.

Thanks everyone for the replies so far!
06-13-2012 03:46 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

Budget? There's going to be some pretty large price variations in the boats you mentioned.
06-13-2012 03:12 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

Though I kind of like the look of the C&C Landfall 35/38, I think that you'll have better availability and space with a 35 mkIII as chef suggests. Also quite a bit less woodwork for upkeep. The 38s layout is a bit unconventional, something that has to 'work' for you.

Also second the suggestion to add the CS 36T to the list.. great rep, robust boat and good following, many have done serious miles offshore and can hold their own on the coastal scene and then some. Not a fan, however, of the near vertical companionway steps...

I also like the Brewer Morgans, most of the rest are going to be heading for the heavy, fuller keel slower category.. but maybe fine in the bay where light winds won't be your biggest concern.
06-13-2012 02:46 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

The Bristol 35.5 sails very nicely and construction is bombproof. Your main problem is likely to be finding one for sail on the west coast.

There is a 31.1 for sale in Redwood City on Yachtworld. I know nothing about it's condition (except that it doesn't look that great in the pics) It might also be a bit small looking at what else is on your list.

This site is quite useful for comparing numbers :

Sail Calculator Pro v3.53 - 2500+ boats

The 35.5 (the 31.1 too) has a combination of motion comfort and decent speed that is hard to match and makes for a nice SF Bay boat.

Generally my suggestion would be to make a shortlist of models, then search for the best example.
06-13-2012 02:32 AM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

I prefer the C&C35 MKIII obviously over the Landfall. Greater headroom and the 35 MKIII is a much better and faster sailing boat.

Check the CS and also the Cals

06-11-2012 10:57 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

I would add Cal to the list. There should be some good Cal 40's or 39's out there.
06-11-2012 09:39 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

As would an Islander 36, designed for the area I believe, I have one and think they are fantastic, comfortable and fairly quick, they have an association in the SF area, and regattas as well
regards Wayne
06-11-2012 09:34 PM
Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.

A CSY 37 owners model was on my list of possibles. Very tough, 150 galls water, roomy and a cutter.
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