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As our search for a coastal cruiser under $65,000 evolves, we keep coming back to the following:Allmand 35, Islander Freeport CC, CSY 37(B), S236 CC, and Heritage 38 CC.

We will be sailing the east coast, ICW, Bahamas & Keys (usually just my wife and myself). Our priorities are:
Comfort: this will be our home for may years to come.
Quality: ie solid glass hull
Performance: we do NOT race, but I realize we need good light air performance.

We are capable of handling most overhaul issues ourselves.

I would love to here your comments on the construction and handling of these boats!

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I would probably suggest that the CSY 37 be at the top of your list given your goals. I would probably drop the Allmand and Heritage 38 on construction quality issues. The Islander Freeports make nice liveaboards but really are not good light air boats. Personnally I''ve never been a fan of the S2 36 CC. I am not sure how it got on your list. If this was an SAT question, which one of the above does not match the other items on this list, the S2 36 would be my first answer.

Good luck
Jeff
 

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Jeff, Thanks for the insight.I felt that the Islander might be too slugish for the type of sailing we intend to do. I omited one in my original post: Watkins 36 CC. Are you familiar with the Watkins?
 

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I am not a fan of Watkins in general but I also do not beleive that aft cabins make much sense in boats under about 40 feet. On boats under 40 feet there is limited real estate near the boat''s max beam for the main salon and galley area. By pushing the cockpit forward this crowds these critical area of the boat. Its not so bad on a larger boat where these is more room to spread out the main salon and can also have adequate freeboard to provide a passage to the aft cabin without having to create a disproportionate amount of tophamper. There are always exceptions to any rule, the Chris Craft 35 motorsailor, the Oday 37 and Dickenson yawls come to mind, but as a broad generality aft cabin/ center cockpit layouts make a lot more sense on bigger boats.

The Islander is not what I would call a lively boat but unless I am failing to remember your original post you were looking for a liveaboard and were less concerned with performance. (Am I confusing you with another discussion thread?)

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Your memory has not failed you (yet). We are looking for a liveaboard 34-38 feet for cruising on the east coast and bahamas. We have been aboard the CSY 37 B, Islander CC, S2 CC as well as alot of traditional boats (tartan, sabre,hunter, pearson).

We have found that the traditional layout with the v-birth used as the master suite, will not meet our needs. (Remember when you were a kid when you fell backwards into the snow and made "snow angels" ? That''s how my wife sleeps) We need the room that some non-traditional layouts provide. We are willing to surrender some room in the salon for a larger master, however the CC (walk-thru) we have been aboard felt as large (if not larger) than the narrower beamed traditional boats.

We realize that we will be loosing some performance under sail, but we don''t want a bath tub either. Again, a compromise.

In what areas do you feel the Watkins is lacking? Our priorities are:
-Sound hull
-Livability
-reasonable performance in light air
 
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