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Re: Buying a small cruiser!

Thanks for the replies. To clarify, I love sailing and I love my wife. Not going to give up either. I can compromise performance for comfort, so we can enjoy being on the water together. I race in a club that has a fleet of J27s and get my speed and thrills fix there. So a floating Winnebago is about right for my purpose. That being said, of the 3 boats I'm looking at, I'ld rather have the faster of them since the Chesapeake is notorious for light air in the summer. I think the Beneteau has the highest SA/D and lowest D/L. The quoted SA/Ds seem to be for standard rigs while many of the boats advertised have in mast furling. I know that decreases performance because of sail shape. I guess it also decreases sail area. As for MarkB's comments, I'm not aware Catalina made a 320 tall rig and have seen none for sale, tons of older 30 tall rigs on the market, though. Will follow your advice and go to owners association message boards. Also thanks for educating me re: gunships.
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