Originally Posted by SouthernSpeed
I have looked at the First series. Looks interesting, but I don't know if it's a ocean-going world circumnavigating yacht. Are you referring only to the older design?
depending on what the budget
is, be it an older or newer.. The FIRST 38 of the early 80 was not only a great racer
but also a world cruiser.. as Andy and Liza Copeland used with their 3 sons and documented in books
We, as well as others on the forum have a FIRST42 and are cruising.. friends of ours are using a newer 42S7 for their cruising and they love it..
in the smaller boats as the 30s, my only concern would be a weight issue, as with ours, we can load it down with a couple thousand pounds of weight and its a small percentage, but taking a smaller boat and adding the 2k in weight, the percentage of "stores" compared to the weight of the boat, the percentages changes..
You'd almost have to dig into the weights of the boats you're looking at and figure in the amount of stores you'll add and see if the percentage will change the way the boat handles....
I ran across this a few years ago as I was racing a J-24.. was thinking about doing the Single
Handed Transpac as I raced with the "Single Handed Sailing Society" out of San Francisco
with it, but with a time line of 16 days in a crossing, the additional weight added for stores, we would change the way the boat handled..