It is hard to compare the Endeavour 32 to the "Alberg" or "Cape Dory" since you have not said which model Alberg
or Cape Dory
. The Endeavour 32 began life as the Irwin
32. The Irwin 32 was a relatively moderate CCA race
boat. In its orginal form, it had high density ballast and a centerboard
. They were moderatetly well built and sailed reasonably well.
Endeavour bought the tooling when Irwin considered the design and cheapened everything about the boat, deleting the centerboard
, going to a lower density ballast, scaling back the deck hardware
, taking a pretty nice little coastal cruiser, and making into something much less. My family
owned several Endeavours from this period and build quality was pretty dismal all around.
I can only assume that you are comparing the E32 to similar sized Alberg 30
and Cape Dory
30. The Alberg 30
began life as a CCA era race
boat with all of the negatives that implies (Short waterline length, narrow beam ,but not as extreme as many CCA era boats, short keel
length with attached rudder
loads coupled with poor tracking and maneverability) and a sail plan that is hard to handle short handed). I know that these boats have been heavily modified and taken offshore
but for the dollar (especially if the cost of altering and updating one of these old girls is factored in) there are wildly superior designs either as coastal cruisers or offshore pocket cruisers.
The Cape Dory was a better built and nicer finished boat than the Alberg
. but otherwise all of the other comments apply. The Cape Dory has a heavier interior
(not a good thing considering the tender
, rolly nature of these boats compared to better designs) and a smaller sail plan to compensate for the lower stability but not the heavier sailing weight.
I would not call any of these boats ideal 'Distance Cruiser', despite the fact that people have tried with varying degrees of success to use them that way.