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Re: Baltic 38 for a 10yr life investment?
The Baltic 38 DP is the wrong boat! These were very well built IOR rule beater racer cruisers. They sail upwind very well but get really squirrelly reaching and running. The rig is wrong for offshore work being a parallel double spreader rig with no aft lowers. The result is that all of these boats that I have seen were rigged with running backstays or checkstays to deal with pumping. They were designed to be sailed with big physically strong crews that could handle the large headsails and make the needed headsail changes that are required due to the mix of comparatively poor stability, the dependence on very large genoas, and the minimal ability to depower the rig.
Deal killers for me would be that none of the critical sail adjustments can be reached from the helm (making single-handing much more difficult), the 30-40 year old teak decks, the vee-drive engine (which makes the stuffing box and critical engine components extremely difficult to near impossible to work on), the goofy aft berth (that you cannot sit up in to read, and which is over the counter area of the boat on a boat that is particularly prone to very loud counter slapping), and the companionway, (which I would consider dangerous to use in heavy weather, and requiring a contortionist to get in and out of when the dodger is up).
There are a bunch of dual purpose boats that would be suitable for your needs in this price range. This isn't one of them.
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