Cape Dory Intrepid is a rock solid boat, much better IMO than other boats on your list. I would also look at Tartan 30. They can be had dirt cheap and are very good boats in terms of design, performance, and safety.
Yes, superior construction and components, as with other CD boats. Nothing greatly innovative about the design, but it is a stiff boat (40% displacement is the lead keel) that sails well.Thanks! What makes the Intrepid 9M better? When you say it's rock solid, do you mean in terms of having superior construction?
I have seen people modify these tables. Not much to it and I would never hold it against such a good boat. When you are talking sleeping 6 people on a 30 foot boat, I would rather sleep in the cockpit under a boom tent. On the Intrepid the tiller swings up and there is a lot of room. Heck, you could stick 3 coolers in the cockpit well and have 3 more sleeping bunks. :laugherIf anyone has experience on the Intrepid 9M, is the quarter berth wide enough for a couple to sleep? It does not appear the side berths fold out to be a double, and I'd like to have the ability to sleep 6, or at least allow 2 couples to sleep next to each other.
6 people on a 25 foot boat is hard on people and on the holding tank. One night might be the limit.We've slept 6 on the O'Day 25 a few times! Never more than one night in a row, though.