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11-20-2012 06:03 PM
three-quartertime
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

I owned a CS33 for 30 years. Definitely a well designed, sweet sailing boat and a very capable coastal cruiser. Not so sure about offshore use, which is why I now have a PSC37. But that's me; others may have no problem with the CS33 offshore.

The Bukh is a workhorse. While the installation is a little tight, I never had any problems working on it. Also, never had any problems getting parts for the Bukh although it was starting to get a little sticky the last few years.
11-15-2012 10:07 PM
rugosa If you look at CS 36 and CS 33 you'll get a good feel for the size difference. 33 followed 36 and everything is just a bit smaller - head compartment, forward access, galley (doors, drawers). Almost all 33's were built with aft facing chart table instead of quarter berth (it was smaller too). The Buhk diesel on 33 was shoe horned in and not so easy to service. Similar difference comparing C&C 32 to C&C 35, there is a world of difference after you spend some time aboard. I worked at CS and serviced at C&C, they are both well built, good consistency and QC, same with Hinterhoeller built Niagaras and Nonsuch, but the the Niagaras have a history of deck delamination in the earlier models.

Have fun
11-15-2012 04:22 PM
olson34
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

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Also....now that I have the Coast 34 high on my list, I should go back to looking at the Pacific Seacraft. I was trying to steer away from a double ender because of my diving, but something keeps pulling me back to them. I also really like Ericsons, but I don't want the traveler in front of the companionway (another pet peeve). I had the impression that Olsons were fine for racing but they would probably hobbyhorse a bit offshore.
The Olson 34 would be very unlikely to "hobbyhorse"... and that model was designed from the git go to be a very fast cruiser. Like all (!) sailboats one could race it, of course.
It's a MORC-derived designed hull and *not* an IOR sort of boat.

Several of them have done single-handed races from SF to HI. Good all-around offshore boat, with a strong through-bolted hull to deck joint.

Speaking of travelers, look at an Ericson 35-2. One of those sails in the SF area and has also solo-ed to Hawaii. Traveler right in front of the wheel.

L
11-12-2012 03:15 PM
Alex W
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

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I also really like Ericsons, but I don't want the traveler in front of the companionway (another pet peeve). .
This isn't that hard to move if you really don't like it.

My current boat (Pearson 28-2) has traveler there. I thought it would be annoying, but it really isn't. I'm happier with it there than in front of the dodger or on the transom, the other two options on a cruising boat.
11-11-2012 08:31 PM
Faster
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

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....... It's funny that Faster suggests that the Coast and CS are on opposite ends of the spectrum. ..
The Coast 34 is a Shannon design but very Perry-ish in the double ended, longish keel, skeg rudder and v-bottom sections.. The CSs are, while not lightweights necessarily, very much more in the flat bottom/fin keel category. So while we're not talking Olson 30 vs Westsail 32 they are still not really 'similar' boats...

If you're a diver you'll really need decent access to in and out of the water, and as you say the double ender really isn't a good fit, but in reality the newer open/walk through transoms will better suit that requirement, but it does push into mostly newer (pricier) boats..
11-11-2012 06:44 PM
gamayun
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

Also....now that I have the Coast 34 high on my list, I should go back to looking at the Pacific Seacraft. I was trying to steer away from a double ender because of my diving, but something keeps pulling me back to them. I also really like Ericsons, but I don't want the traveler in front of the companionway (another pet peeve). I had the impression that Olsons were fine for racing but they would probably hobbyhorse a bit offshore.
11-11-2012 06:33 PM
gamayun
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

Thanks for the feedback. I plan to single hand sail around SF Bay and on longer offshore races in the region. I also want to do some extended cruising (month or two) and may live aboard 2-3 years from now. These are not easy things to merge into the same vessel. It's funny that Faster suggests that the Coast and CS are on opposite ends of the spectrum. They are currently my two top picks and other than the high freeboard on the Coast, I don't see the chasm between them. The Freedoms are still close by in 3rd now. I realize they are markedly different in their own ways, but what's the best way to compare them for what I want to do? Should I be considering: displacement/hull ratio, beam width, quality of rigging, keel type, hull speed, capsize value, all of the above? I've obsessively done (and continue to do) a lot of research, so it's not for lack of trying, but I had considered them all quite capable for the type of sailing I want to do. Given that I can't take them all out for a test ride, there is quite a bit of pressure to choose well and right the first time...further thoughts would be great to hear :-)

Oh, there was a typo in my first post about the location of these boats -- I meant Pacific NW -- though it was probably obvious.

Cheers,

C.
11-09-2012 01:46 AM
killarney_sailor
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

I agree that you need to figure out what purpose you are buying for. I have both Niagaras and they are very different boats even though they look the same. Different designers and different design briefs. the 31 (Frers) is much more performance oriented than the 35 (Ellis). If you like cat rigs, what about Nonsuches, also Ellis design. I think they are better built than Freedoms.
But again it depends on your purpose.
11-09-2012 12:37 AM
Faster
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

With respect, lumping a Saturna 33 and the Coast 34 together with CSs and Yamahas is really looking at such different ends of the spectrum that I think you need to do some refining of what you really want. There are big performance, hull form and 'design intention' differences among that list.

Do you want a semi-heavier displacement cruiser? or a more agile, responsive fin keeler? What kind of sailing will you be doing and in what area? Weekending or extended cruising? The answers to questions like these will help to understand (for us and for you) which type of boat would be a better fit....
11-09-2012 12:02 AM
olson34
Re: Freedoms, Niagaras, and Wauquiez - oh my

The Yamaha may be among the best built and engineered... and that's saying something, given the other good brands on your list.

Freedom's should be surveyed carefully - some (all?) had cored hulls.

You ought to add an Ericson 34 or 35 to your list.
There's a nice-appearing Olson 34 for sale currently in the SF area, also.
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