I have often been asked what is the best boat to buy if you want to go cruising. I always reply by suggesting you ask two questions, and answering them yourself and/or with other sailors:
1. What can an old clunker design do that a modern efficient sailboat can't. The answer is usually: Not very much.
2. What can a modern streamline design do, that an old clunker can't. The answer is: Heaps!
At this point you have to think about safety
. Some argue that a clunker is more seaworthy
and comfortable than a modern design, but there is little or no evidence to support that claim.
My advice is to choose a deep fin keel
. This will allow you to go up wind
. It will also give comfort while at anchor
. A sloop
rig. With the advent of roller furling
there is no need for a cutter
rig and staysail. Completely forget about a ketch!
The main reason for clunkers to have more than one mast
, was because they didn't have the strength or modern materials to support a tall mast
. Hence they went outwards rather than upwards with bowsprits and long overhanging booms.
I would also suggest that sailboats built in the 1980's are a lot stronger and robust than their modern counterparts. There are many designs from that era that are fast efficient, seaworthy