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Old 10-04-2014, 19:58   #16
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

I would go for a Tartan thirty myself,
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Old 10-04-2014, 20:00   #17
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triton?
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:00   #18
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

I am actually going to look at a Vega next week...he is looking for 18,000 Can. Are there particular issues of concern to look for in these boats?
I have had a Bayfield int eh past...the 32...and the 25's are certainly attractive however they don't have the sailing chops that the other boats do.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:12   #19
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

Here's the story of the Albin Vega that sailed around the Americas. A guy named Matt Rutherford did it singlehanded:

Solo Around the America's Under Sail | An audacious attempt at sailing the Northwest Passage and circumnavigating entirety of both continents, to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating
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Old 11-04-2014, 13:10   #20
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

Hi,

Albin Vega. Click the link in my signature for our blog. Lots of information and other blogs in the columns. We are currently in Nassau.

Wes

Ps when do you stand up un a boat other than to cook? All this talk about headroom. You would think people stand up down below while crossing seas.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:56   #21
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

Bill you might look at the cape dory 25D not many around but might be more manageable to trailer all that distance!!
Also the CD 27 nice boats but underpowered with 1 cylinder yanmars but for coastal sailing should be fine
Good luck on your search
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:07   #22
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Nor'sea 27
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:27   #23
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LOL...yes indeed...my dream...however my dream and the price have a bit of a delta!
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Old 12-04-2014, 18:51   #24
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LOL...yes indeed...my dream...however my dream and the price have a bit of a delta!
If you did not have 4 other boats I bet you could get that dream boat
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Old 12-04-2014, 18:54   #25
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Tragically I think you're right...it's a disease I think...some sort of boat addiction!
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Does anyone have any experience with self launching keel boats of this size? I would ideally prefer to be independant from travel lifts.
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

Contessa 26: wettest, slowest, most heeled boat I ever had. And the most beautiful!
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

Cape Dory 27.
You need a swing keel for self launching. Tartan 27?
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Old 13-04-2014, 14:11   #29
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Greetings all. I am in the process of selling my Corbin 39 as it is downsizing time. I am looking at a number of older classic cruising boats. I have owned a Contessa 26 but was always a little cramped below...does any one have any thoughts or opinions on the alternates I have listed, or any other clever suggestions. My intended use is to fresh water lake sail in Ontario during the summer and then trailer the boat to the Keys for a month each winter. I have done this trek with the Contessa in the past, but am wondering about something different. Any thoughts, criticisms or inputs are appreciated ref the various options. Tks in advance.

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As an unabashed fan of the Cal 2-27 I would toss that model into the mix for your consideration. We love ours. Sails well, can be had for a decent price allowing for a larger upgrade budget, and has over six feet of headroom. The build quality is great as well.
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Old 13-04-2014, 15:34   #30
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Re: Bristol 27, Hinterhoeller 28, Albin Vega or Contessa 26?

I looked at the sailboat data for the Cal....it would be a great boat to cruise...the only issue is the beam wrt towing and US highway regulations...my understanding you are stuck with 8' without special permits...
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