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Old 29-09-2015, 01:19   #61
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Re: Full keel live aboard cruiser?

Take a look at Swedish Hallberg Rassy - like this: Hallberg Rassy 42F 1995 mod. -


They are exelent longdistance cruisers with a very good build quality.
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Old 29-09-2015, 01:27   #62
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Thanks to all. I have a lot of other options to investigate. I'm not ready to write a cheque yet and who knows what will be on the market in the. Year or so when I am? I have a big soft spot for IPs as I might have said but I love the Cabo Ricos and I'm about to look at the other makes suggested.
I agree that most of the makes that will attract me are made in the USA. I wonder why the Europeans seem to make racing hulls? Even the Najads and Rasseys new hulls are very much built on the racing model. I have never been in a position where I would exchange comfort for an extra half knot of speed.... And I am a huge fan of White boats...
Yes, at least in Europe there seems to be a tendency to make racing hulls. I guess one reason is that nowadays it is technically quite easy and cheap to make lightweight boats with whatever hull shape. And speed is a nice sales feature. Who wants to buy an expensive slow boat when you can get a cheap fast one. (well, I do)

I advertised earlier some Nautict boats. Also Nauticat seems to be on the Eoropean racing hull track in the sense that their latest models, 385 and 37, are their most racing oriented boats. But they do have a wide range of models. In their very traditional Nauticat 441 comfort has clearly higher priority than top speed.
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PPS.... The little gif photo in my side window was taken of the sun rise over Moonshines bow on passage between Menorca and Sardinea... 200 mile crossing is one of the longest common passages in the Med and we had a beauty though it was a bit calm at times and we did motor a lot. I miss the sea.
Our boat on the way from Cartegena, Spain to Ibisa.
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Our boat on the way from Cartegena, Spain to Ibisa.
We stayed in Cartagena. Beautiful city. We went north a little further to Torreveja before crossing to Ibiza. Fabulous cruising.
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