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Old 02-03-2014, 21:08   #16
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Well that is the one we'd know the most about.
Also the one you bought, so you voted with your funds.
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Old 03-03-2014, 00:01   #17
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Also the one you bought, so you voted with your funds.
But I did my research before I bought.

Personally, I'd put more credence in a recommendation from an owner as opposed to one from some who says they think a so-and-so boat is great because that's what they read somewhere.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:49   #18
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If you are concerned about performance, look at the PHRF numbers of boats you are considering. The Pearson 34 rates 144. The IP 38 (my reference doesn't show a 380, so it may be a different boat) rates 168 - about 24 seconds a mile slower. You may be disappointed by a boat that much slower than what you have now - especially if bigger boats are supposed to be faster than smaller ones. Your Pearson could sail circles around a boat that rates 168. In comparison, a Tartan 372 rates 129. Happy Hunting!
PHRF ratings are very good estimates of relative performance to windward. After all, beating legs are mainstays of nearly all round the buoys racing.
That said, many cruisers don't enjoy sailing to windward much, and instead will fire up the engine instead of tacking back and forth.
The pearson will no doubt point higher, but once cracking off, like a course to destination greater than 45-50 degrees off the wind, things level out between boats a lot. Then speed is much more relative to waterline length and sailplan. I would imagine an IP would pull away from the Pearson in reaching conditions, as long as the breeze is up. It also may be easier to sail an IP in these conditions due to theoretical better tracking of a long keel/attached rudder.

The only other thing PHRF is very good at distinguishing is light air windward/leeward performance. Look at Chesapeake Bay (or other light air venue) PHRF numbers to help sort this out between boats.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:54   #19
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

For 150 K you can choose between virtually any modern production boat in the 35-40 range. Jeanneau are good boats, as are bennie's. If you look for one with a shoal keel, it will only be about 5' Lot's of comfort, big winches, hell, get a furling mainsail and make life easy on yourself.

Lot's of speed in these boats. Despite what some will tell you, these boats will take a lot more punishment than you can.

I paid 140K a couple of years ago for a 5 year Jennie Sun _Fast in near perfect condition. You can find one also.
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I guess this is the part where everyone recommends the boat they're on.
Doubtful as based on lots of past threads everyone knows more about my boat that I do
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

May be You want to have a look at the following boats:

bowman 40 Brochures

Rustler 37

Rustler 36

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:36   #22
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

My vote is for a brand new spankin' shiny Jeanneau 349 or 379 shallow draft. 4' 10" draft. More with centre board
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

Most the boats mentioned are slower than your Pearson, they require more sail area to move them and so will not be a better plan for you. The Waquiez is an exception. Believe me, a big difference in your Pearson and say a Hans Christian 38 (my avatar at the left) the HC38 is a PIG to sail.
There are plenty of boats within your stated price range so you shouldnt have troble finding a good one. If you like your Pearson you could spend the money to add a Solent rig or a Staysail for ease of handling.
Maybe a PS or Cape Dory?
Have you consider an Islander 36 Pilot house? Up in your area that might be nice.
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Do not listen to that man in the corner, a Jeanneau is right for you
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Old 03-03-2014, 15:12   #25
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

I think you'd look great sailing the Maine coast in this.

1984 Hinckley Sou'wester 42 Stoway Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Tell them $150K is your budget, take it or leave it and see what they say.
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Old 03-03-2014, 18:03   #26
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

They probably wouldn't say anything, just give you a dirty look.
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Old 03-03-2014, 18:32   #27
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

Now understand that I'm from the era that loves the lines of a 55 chevy..
Recently I had the pleasure of sailing a friends Cal 40.... I was shocked at the way
that boat handled and of the speed.. The guy is a cabinit maker so the inside has had a complete overhaul.. bueatiful boat, great clasic lines, and sails fantastic...
and never hear anything bad about Cal's....... not to pricy eather
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Old 03-03-2014, 19:12   #28
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

The Cherubini designed Hunter 37 cutter should also be considered. Full disclosure: I love mine.
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Old 07-03-2014, 21:45   #29
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

Shorty--my advice to you is to look everywhere at boats. Read through the famous sailboat designers' books. See if you don't favor the work of one particular designer. Cruise the marina's in your inflatable. Visit boat shows and boatyards. Walk the docks. Watch the ads. When you see one that makes you feel: I have to have it!, then you have found your mate. It's best if it's a love affair.

For modern designs, like the Swans and Baltics, I like the Pretorian 35 and the Hood 38 (and have raced many times on a Centurian 42). Along those lines, see the Sweden 36 and 38. And the French-built Beneteau First series. But there is a special charm to a traditionally styled yacht, like an older Hinkley.

Look for THE boat--the one whose owner lavished attention and spared no expense to make it and keep it as good as it could be. Good luck. If you run across one that makes you want to run away from home, let's see it.
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Re: 35-40' Cruising Boat

It's funny how much of a difference there is sometimes between looking at boats online vs. seeing them in person. I looked at a ton of J/42's online thinking that it was going to be the boat for me, and when I ended up setting foot on it, it just didn't click.

Like Terra Nova said, look at every boat you have the opportunity to see, it will greatly help you figure out what you love and don't love.
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