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Re: Alberg 30 thoughts
I agree with Tanski, except the "hate the way they sail" part. I don't like the way they sail, but I wouldn't say I hate it. Like all Alberg and Alberg-inspired designs, the boat is easy to love by looking at it, so I get the attraction. But a "proven heavy weather boat"? No. Just because it is a full keel design with an attached rudder doesn't make it a heavy weather boat.
I remember the boat to be really tender; she would go over to the rails in relatively moderate conditions. She would stiffen there, but if comfort or security during heavy weather is a concern of yours, then I would look at other designs.
And yeah, under power, especially backing up, is an adventure. If you will be on a mooring, that's not as big a deal as if you will be pulling into or out of a slip on a regular basis. But oh man, my friend who had an Alberg 30 would be white-knuckled pulling away from the dock every time.
And the boat was difficult to control sailing downwind.
You've identified some other drawbacks to the boat yourself, and my guess is your thread will bring out others with less than complementary things to say about the boat too. Our own Jeff H is no fan. However, this is your boat, you have to love it. Every boat is a series of compromises, and if after considering the facts, you decide this is the boat for you, then go for it. BTW, many Alberg 30's have wheel steering, so that shouldn't be a deal killer for you.
As for other possibilities, I think the C&C would be a great choice. Generally speaking, they were better made and are more modern designs than the Alberg 30. I also think the ubiquitous Catalina 30 would also fit the bill for you. Not sure what the availability is where you are, but the Oday 28 and 30 would also be a good value. All of those choices would be more comfortable to cruise on, sail better and be a better long-term value than the Alberg. But not one of them looks as good, at least in my humble opinion.
Boat buying is rarely a completely rationale exercise, but I wouldn't ignore the part of your brain that is trying to tell you that the Catalina is a "better" boat for a lot of reasons.