The question has already been answered by others, but I will chime in and say that there are a *lot* more CO32's on the E Coast of Canada
than there are out here in BC. They are rare on the W Coast -- there are a few 26's, one pops up every now and then f/s, but 32's are hen's teeth.
I lucked out this Spring and found an old beater from 1981 f/s in the Vancouver area; rarity set her price
higher than other boats that would seem comparable, but I was willing to pay the premium. I do mean "beater" -- sails
are tired, hull
shows honourable scars from trips to S Pacific, gelcoat
shows many stress fractures, Bukh
DV20 still running OK but starter motor
on its way out, all-chain rode
rusted to the point of no return, engine
controls corroded solid, ancient kerosene appliances
are a PITA, etc.
So I'm throwing quite a few bucks at refit
already, but... it seems worthwhile. The hullform is pleasing and the handling is sedate and manageable; I think she's the boat for all of my remaining sailing years. A nice compromise between performance (I am too old and too small to singlehand a J boat in a good breeze) and safety/comfort.
Yes she is small and pokey inside (I used to own a 40-footer and am feeling a bit compressed). A hobbit-hole in the water
for sure. But the quality of the GRP layup
is reassuring, and she sails
very nicely: "well mannered" is the phrase that comes to mind. Never does anything unexpected, always willing. Yes, a J will kick my posterior in light air, but I think I might return the favour beating into head
seas :-) well, with newer sails anyway.
Mine is a Taylor (I think number 25, still trying to determine provenance) but has tiller steering
I would call the CO32 the perfect size for singlehanded serious sailing -- all conditions, anywhere in the world. She is a little small for doublehanding over long periods unless you get along *very* well with your partner :-) And as a family
cruiser -- nah. I think her PHRF is 170-something.
Anyway, she's a Nice Little Boat.