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Old 05-12-2006
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New PHRF racers

I was at my club on Wednesday night after the first race of the season and talking to a professional skipper of a J120. I asked what he would recommend as a good PHRF racer for Long Island Sound for $50,000 and he said to bump it up to $80,000 and get an Express 37, but for $50,000 the Soverel 33. Both boats are from the mid-eighties.

I don't have the money for either, but it got me thinking, and here is my question to you:

What boat that is being produced now will be the boat recommended as a good racer in 20 years? Obviously, PHRF probably won't last another 20 years, so this is an academic discussion. But I can't be the only person thinking about this.

Thanks for feeding my interest.
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You may be wrong about PHRF lasting another 20 years. Finding boats built now that will still be around in 20 years is another issue. What you're looking for is a well built vessel that also sails nicely. Maybe the new NYYC 40'(+or- ) boat will fit the bill. Or an X-yacht - if the galvanized steel frames hold up? A J/120, perhaps? Something from Tartan or C&C? There are a lot of variables, and until the 20 years come along, and the prices come down, you won't know for sure.
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I think that there are a lot of current boats that will be good PHRF boats of the future. Phrf seems to favor boats that sail well in a wide range of conditions. I would think that boats like the Beneteau 40.7 and 36.7, C&C 99 and 115, J 105, 109 and 120, Farr 395, Cape Fear 38, Aerodyne 38 would be competative under PHRF for a long time to come.

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