I own hull
#30 of the CG 31s. If your style of boat is a full-keel boat with adequate displacement
, then these boats are a good example of that style done right. There are many boats that have done the full-keel/displacement thing horribly wrong, and turned many people off to it. Likewise with fin-keel/spade rudder
boats: there must be some that have been done right, but since they're not really my bag, I haven't paid attention. One major difference between the two designs is that a fin-keeler is a lot more sensitive to overloading than a full-keeler. In order to sail at their best potential, fin-keelers must be light, so loading a 31-foot fin-keeler with three kids
and all their stuff, several hundred pounds of anchor
tackle, 120 gallons of water
, and hundreds of pounds of food
, plus cooking gear
, woodburning heater, clothes, shoes, sewing machine
, etc, as I have done on my CG, is unthinkable. But even loaded to the gills, our little 31-footer commonly sails
at 6 1/2 to 7 knots. I'll happily race
against any other 31-footer out there, provided they handicap themselves in the same way!
I can't speak as to construction, since as someone noted many (including mine) were owner-finished, but I can testify that the hulls are absolutely rock-solid, and the layup
on mine when I got it was exquisite--I can think of only one minor cosmetic defect. Some might say that now that I'm done with her the whole boat's a cosmetic defect, but that's the beauty of owner-finishing: you can have the boat exactly the way you want. Mine, so far, has not disappointed at all.