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Re: Boat Comparison - Cape Dorys
I learned to sail on a Cape Dory 28. Great boats. I don't think you'll find a huge amount of variation between how one full keel boat sails compared to another. They generally share the same strengths and weaknesses, ie excellent tracking and seakeeping, few if any keel and ballast issues, durability, well supported rudders, comfortable motion, etc. Of course you already know that they are less maneuverable, more difficult to reverse, don't point as high, etc. Basically they are all boats that are great at sea, not so great in port.
As for the offset prop on the Sabre...pretty sure a big part of the idea is to try to reduce prop wash over the rudder. Prop walk can actually be useful for maneuvering.
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