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Old 01-07-2013, 17:45   #106
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I am 42 and just bought a 1974 Tartan 41, a beautiful IOR era design. It's the same age as my wife
and I should add it goes like a witch to windward. I can point as far as 15 degrees true!
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Old 01-07-2013, 18:31   #107
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and I should add it goes like a witch to windward. I can point as far as 15 degrees true!
That gives you a tacking included angle of 30 degrees! Not bad for an old production boat...

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Old 01-07-2013, 20:06   #108
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and I should add it goes like a witch to windward. I can point as far as 15 degrees true!
Shoot. My witch points better than that.
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Old 02-07-2013, 21:03   #109
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There is no such thing as a perfect cruiser for $75K. And I don't consider a boat that requires 1000 man hours of work to get to the Bahamas a "perfect" cruiser no matter what its other positive attributes are-- unless you are one of those masochists who loves to spend his weekends sanding and scraping.

If I were you I'd be looking for a Bristol 35.5 in decent condition. Centerboarders are good for the Bahamas. Also a Wauquiez Pretorian or a Hunter Cherubini. Hunters used to make decent boats, even though they don't any more. All of these will be 1980s models.
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Old 02-07-2013, 22:09   #110
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There is no such thing as a perfect cruiser for $75K.
Lies. I see this on these boards all the time. DOn't lose hope and keep looking.

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Old 02-07-2013, 22:46   #111
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Here are the things that I find important.

Multihull with large bridgedeck living area.
Shallow water draft.
Strong beachable hulls.
Simple Composting toilet.
Huge Solar Panels.
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There is no such thing as a perfect cruiser for $75K. And I don't consider a boat that requires 1000 man hours of work to get to the Bahamas a "perfect" cruiser no matter what its other positive attributes are-- unless you are one of those masochists who loves to spend his weekends sanding and scraping.

If I were you I'd be looking for a Bristol 35.5 in decent condition. Centerboarders are good for the Bahamas. Also a Wauquiez Pretorian or a Hunter Cherubini. Hunters used to make decent boats, even though they don't any more. All of these will be 1980s models.


Really? You don't think there are $75K boats that can make it to the Bahamas without 1,000 man hours of work?

What should the budget be, then? I can always go a bit smaller, but I can't accept less than a 35 ft boat.

I sure see a lot of boats advertised, though I have to admit that when I go look at them, I do see a lot of work that needs to be done.
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Re: Quest for the Perfect Cruiser

Maybe you did this already and I missed it, but what boat do you think is the prefect boat? You seem to have something in mind and it doesn't seem to be anything that has been suggested.
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Maybe you did this already and I missed it, but what boat do you think is the prefect boat? You seem to have something in mind and it doesn't seem to be anything that has been suggested.
I find that on my budget, the perfect cruiser is likely going to be an opportunistic find.

But it will be nice to have a short list, so I'm prepared.
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