Wellllll Now! I just happen to have a 1989 CR38.
Pros: Built like a tank
Very sea kindly - gives one a good feel of security
Five foot draft
- not too bad
rig - a personal thing but I like them
- gives good tracking and a feeling of security
in a grounding
Relatively stiff - heels to a point then just hangs there like on tracks
Excellent factory support
Heaves to easily with just the main
Mine holds 180 gallons of water
tankage is not what I would like - 50 gallons
can be a problem - not enough IMO
rig - you won't point as high as with a sloop
There is a LOT of exterior wood to maintain
The discharge hose from the head
is real long which can lead to problems
I have a lot of minor gelcoat repairs
due to a poor layup job but that is boat specific
The main traveler was not equipped with a pulley system for adjusting the main - I've since fixed that
Did I mention that there is a LOT of exterior wood?
IMO you are paying a premium for the name
I retire in another month and we too plan to spend some time cruising in the Caribbean
. Would I do it in this boat? Yep and I'd feel safe doing it. On the other hand, as stated above, you are paying a premium for people to go "oooh ahhh". With a bit more research
you might find another boat of the same size such as the Pacific Seacraft
37 that may be just as good and less expensive.
I fell in love with my CR38 when I first saw her - hence that's what we have. Ahhh, who can explain the heart?
Good luck and if you have any more specific questions, go ahead and PM me.