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Re: This Capable Boat: Recommendations?
Thanks for the replies! Yes, my "capabilities" seem general, but I wrote
"excellent in light airs"
I realize this is a bit vague, I will specify in more detail, below. When you add in all that's on the capabilities list, I was wondering if something like an F-27/28 (Corsair/Farrier) trimaran was where I was headed -- or something more like a J-boat (I have not sailed such a tri; have sailed a J-40). Puddinlegs, you are going in the direction I was thinking of, myself, with J-boats. Didn't yet consider the Santa Cruz or Alerion. Keep em coming!
More details: I helm a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 (am not the owner). It's not great light in light airs - say at 3-6.5 meters/sec (6-15 mph). I want to be able to get somewhere in light airs, and not resort to the engine so much in these conditions. I think most of the monohulls mentioned would not do better in light airs than the Jeanneau, except for J-boats, S2, Alerion? I think most of the "cruising" type monohulls will not be so effective in light airs. And, I was wondering whether my capabilities list could be met in any monohull less than 30 feet?
As for cats and tris, forgot to mention, the boat needs to fit into a standard width marina slip. Pretty sure a 30' cat would have trouble with tight pontoon slips here, and marinas like to charge double for the width. Also lift outs become problematic. Interesting idea though.
Ahhh, budget. I didn't want to limit brainstorming to a number. I could have said "bang for the buck". For purchase, let's say under $50K -- there's a number. There are sometimes boats that come up in Tokyo where the owner really wants or needs to get rid of it. The market is really soft these days, and sometimes there are great deals to be had with boats that haven't been sailed in some years, but just need some new gear.
In monohulls, I was wondering whether any older racing designs could serve. I can do some interior carpentry (though not looking for a massive DIY project). Also, in a monohull, should I be looking for more of a racing sailplan? Should I stay away from purpose-built cruisers? These are the kind of questions I have in my mind.
For me, light air effectiveness combined with storage ability and accommodations does limit options quite a lot. I have several marina/yacht club slip options where I live. Being away from the major cities, fees are quite reasonable.
Your continued thoughts, please!
Last edited by Daily Alice; 05-02-2012 at 08:54 PM.