Re: LOA vs LWL, looking for a boat
And now for something completely different.
Consider if you will a Nonsuch 33 or 36. The perfect near shore cruiser. Simple to single hand, the room of a 45'r, very well built, hold their value with a strong owner's support association. They are surprisingly fast, point better than you think, and with a very comfortable sea-kindly motion with a fin keel and balanced rudder, well balanced in all conditions.
The 36 is 36 LOA, 33.75 LWL, 12.8 beam, 5.6 draft, 742' sail area, 65' air draft (62 + 3' antenna), 17,000 displacement, lead ballast 6500, SA/D 17.96, displacement/LWL 197, LWL/beam 2.66, capsize ratio 1.97, motion comfort 25.72, hull speed 7.78 (I've had it just over 10).
As for comfort, very well ventilated with 4 dorades, 4 hatches, and 10 opening ports. At anchor or port the cockpit is huge, down below there is 6'5" headroom, and a well appointed and laid out interior, 2 staterooms, pullman berths, large head w/separate stall shower, U-galley, large salon and lots of lockers. With the free standing wishbone rig the decks are wide open, sail drops into a cradle, and no worries with a boom, no need for a vang, simplicity. Spacious lazarettes and very good room around the engine. There is a bow pulpit with double anchor rollers and a large samson post and huge anchor locker to take care of all anchoring needs without problems. There is a 45 gal fuel tank, 150 gal water tanks, and a 45 gal waste tank.
Not for crossing oceans (1 sail, large cockpit, low bridge deck), but very capable for the East Coast, Bahamas and the Caribbean and in comfort and simplicity of rig. Designed by Mark Ellis and built by George Hinterhoeller, check it out.
From an admittedly biased and happy owner, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.