Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: retiring and ready to sail
I had a Niagara 31 and I think you will enjoy it. Make sure that the reefing gear is well thought-out - you will be reefing and unreefing fairly often. The boat has quite a bit of sail area compared to most cruisers - and I mean this in a positive way.
By the way, the Niagara 31 (and 35 and 42) were built by Hinterheoller Yachts as were the Nonsuch (22 to 36), but they are entirely different boats. The Nonsuches are cat-rigged (one large sail), while the Niagaras are skoops.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.