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Re: Niagara 35 too slow? - and - surveys of cored hulls
As much as possible, always buy quality. Hinterhoeller built very very good boats. We sailed an N-26 for a decade. Other friends worried about hull-to-deck problems, but never us.
The 35 is an Ellis design, IIRC. Not as fast for its length, but a nice layout. As for cruising vs racing..... those are just words used by brokers to steer you to or away from boats.
When spending the night, it's a cruiser. When starting a race, it's a racer.
Sail it to its rating..... and.... you win a trophy. Big Deal.
What matters most is ease of handling and motion. Pedigree counts.
If you do not find a Niagara, have a look (in that size range) at a Nonesuch 33 or 36. Also an Ericson 38 (faster choice).
1988 Olson 34, by Ericson Yachts.
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RCYC, Portland, Oregon