We are stepping up from a Catalina 18, to, well; we are not sure.
Our home port is Onekama/Portage Lake which has a connection to the big lake (Lake Michigan) that isnít as deep as one could wish (http://archives.record-eagle.com/2007/jul/21boat.htm)
. What that story does not cover is that the boat had a deep fin keel and after running aground in the channel was subsequently sunk after being turned 180 degrees and ripping off the keel during the ungrounding attempt. Though we do enjoy sailing Portage Lake what we have found was that every chance we thought we had (weather) we were out on the Big Lake trying to make Manistee, Arcadia, or Frankfort. Clearly, we have outgrown Portage.
Thus the new boat and the advice that we seek with this posting.
We would like to find something that we could still homeport in Onekama, is translake capable, stiff, fast, points well, comfortable, easy to single hand, good overnighter/cruiser. Knowing that some of those points are mutually exclusive we are willing to concede on some speed and some comfort but not on single handness or stiffness.
What we are considering is the Catalina 28 (slow?) Catalina 309, 32. Our budget is somewhere south of 90K but that isnít written in stone. We would prefer to buy American but that also isnít written in stone as is it, at least for us, in cars. New is nice but used is ok too. Not crazy about buying really old (so not interested in a 1970 floatswell 32 that needs just a ďlittleĒ work) because we are both very busy and donít want to spend an inordinate amount of time in repair/upgrade/maintenance. One of the things about the C18 that we like is that there is no external teak.
We are heading off to Annapolis next week with open minds. If any of you Great Lakes sailors have any insight that you could share with us we would be most appreciative.