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Re: Thoughts about J37c or similar
I think the 'C' series Jboats would work pretty well for what you're thinking about.
What I like particularly is the arrangement of the cockpits.. longish benches forward, with reasonable coaming/backrests while the area around the wheel gives the helms person a good selection of comfortable seating positions (no perching on a narrow coaming top, for example)
For accomplished sailors such as yourselves I think you'll appreciate the 'rewards' of careful trim, and the added speed will forever be a bonus and means you'd motor less.
Nice layout for two, esp, below.... reasonable galley too. Difficult to tell from pics, but I do wonder if the aft berth is a true double?
I seem to recall that neither of you are large people.. we have friends in their later 60s who are similar - they quite successfully sail a rather spritely Beneteau 36.7 up and down the Caribbean chain each winter, from Carriacou to Antigua/Barbuda and back. A quick, light boat that rewards them with some exhilarating rides in the gaps between islands. A 37C wouldn't be as speedy perhaps, but not much slower either; in the trades they do spend most of their time reefed, with a smallish jib - but it works for them. I'd think a 37C on the Lakes would work for you.
There are 3 in your 'catchment' that I found on YW ranging from 70 to 90Ks. Seems within you parameters, all seem to have the J's shoal draft keel (think they labeled it a UFO??)
Those same friends chose the Bene over the J (or anything else with a cored hull) for the tropics... not an issue so much on the Lakes. And obviously not a big issue with many sailors either way.
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