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Re: Interior space Catalina27 vs Alberg30
Just about any 27-foot fin-keel boat (Cal 27/2-27/3-27, C&C27, Ericson 27, Catalina 27, etc.) will have more interior room than an A30. Most will also sail quite a bit better "around the buoys" than an A30. But in an Alberg design will almost always feel safer, and probably perform better overall, in the open ocean. I would also prefer an A30 over a fin-keel boat for most coastal cruising, unless one is very careful about choosing the right weather. For entertaining, day-sailing, and careful (and limited) coastal cruising a fin-keel boat will probably be a better choice.
Putting aside sailing characteristics, all that additional interior space in a fin-keel boat may feel luxurious, but it also means that you'll have a greater distance to build up momentum as you go flying across the cabin in a rough sea. (You would be amazed at how much more it hurts to fall that extra couple of feet.)
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