I'm looking for a modestly priced blue water
capable cruising boat
. Not that I plan to circumnavigate, but who knows? I'm not an experienced sailor, but I'm learning
(in the process of obtaining bareboat
So I've looked at ads for a zillion boats, went to see a couple, a Pearson
35 and a Cape Dory
30B. Briefly sailed the Pearson
35 (with the owner's help). It was ok, but I did not fall in love with it.
(I've decided that yacht salespeople are just preppy car salespeople, but I digress.)
shortlist contains 4 boats. The asking prices are in parentheses. All are 1976-1985 vintage.
1. Aloha 32 (35K) Sloop
, Canadian built, little sister to the Valiant 35. Seems comparable to the Cape Dory
30-33 models but with a nicer interior
and more headroom
. But how blue water
2. Allied Seawind
II 32 (ketch) (30K) A tank. They tell me ketches are easier to single-hand. But I've never sailed one. Vigor says the Cutter
version is better, but they're twice the price
. I have an appointment to meet the owner and sail this one.
I'm a little worried about daysailing this boat
. If I hit something in Narragansett Bay, I'll be fine, but the other guy may sink.
3. Amel Kirk 36 ($25K) Older French cruising boat. Sloop
. Has a wierd aft cabin
that looks like a waste of space, but the rest of the boat seems ok.
is sort of a semi-fin; the French just do things a little differently. But Amel is still in business, so parts
4. Freedom 32 ($35K) Unorthodox-- This is described as a catboat sloop with self-tending jib
. It looks like a fin keel
(this is the deep draft
version, but I think they have one with a shallow draft-- does it matter?). Beautiful cabin
. They say it's fast and easy to sail, and I'm all for that. But how blue water capable is it? It's beamy, so the CSF is well over 2.
I've rejected most of the "pocket cruisers" as too small. My wife needs her hot shower
and other amenities. I rejected a Baba 30 as requiring far too much varnish
. (I'm too old to varnish
Any thoughts on one or more of these 4 boats? Any responses would be appreciated.