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So, I've been looking at various sailboats for the past few months with an eye towards living aboard in Boston. I've been a sailor for most of my life and am very comfortable on boats.

My perusing has taken me from classic Cabo Rico's to more modern styled boats like Moody's and Endeavours. I've now drifted around to the more classic pilot-boat look and am seriously looking at the Baba's/Flying Dutchman.

Does anyone have a Baba (I'm looking at the 35's) and would you be so kind as to share some information and personal experience with them? I've done quite a bit of research on them, but what's out there is somewhat limited.

I want something that will be warm and cozy in the middle of a New England winter and cool and airy in the middle of summer. I plan do do as much cruising as my work schedule will allow, so I'm looking for a top-notch sea boat. Since I'll be living aboard, I want something comfortable, but not so comfortable as to eliminate all of the aspects which make it a good boat in which to ride out a blow. I'm looking for something fairly easy to single-hand, but roomy enough for a couple people to go out for a weekend or whatever. I like the Baba's. They seem tough and sturdy. For having a full keel, they seem fairly maneuverable. I don't plan on racing it, so speed isn't a primary concern, but the Baba's seem like they can move when they need to. They seem moderately comfortable and moderately roomy. And those lines! I absolutely love the double-end lifeboat service look.

So, what are your thoughts on the Baba's?

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I've read the Bluewaterboats review on them. Great site and great information. I was looking more for the personal touch in regards to owner reviews. I'll have to check the other site out.

I'm a big fan of Bob Perry's designs. Love every single one I've seen.
 

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Check out my new web site and read the consultation section.
My blog covers the entire Baba extended family history as well as I could manage it. Mt respect for the Baba 35 aka Flying Dutchman 35 increased dramatically after racing Donn's boat. I cover the race in my blog. I'm off to the Perry Rendezvous this morning so I'll be out of touch until Monday.

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Many thanks for those kind words. I appreciate it.
 

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I did read the Baba 35 saga on your blog, Bob, and it's fascinating. I was looking seriously at Cabo Rico's... then I saw the Baba 35 and simply fell in love. I just can't get over the whole double-end/pilot-boat/life-boat service look. Gorgeous lines and I love all that teak. It's a pity they don't make boats like that anymore.

I tip my hat to you, sir, for designing one hell of a sweet boat.
 

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Hi Doc. it's me again lil ol' Mark Westi . No disrespect to Mr. BP , but he loves it when I introduce him like that . Have you seen Erick ? check her out here . http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=5652
If it's a real Nordic rescue boat design you are after check this out .https://www.google.com/search?q=dou..._HYTeigKV-ICYBQ&ved=0CB0QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=685 Yes thats right thats the Alajuela 38. Also here is another Colin Archer / Atkin, Crealock design . http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=1807
 
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