My tartan 27 did an honest 6 knots, and most of the time Pegasus at 45 ft. does 6 knots..
The bigger boat, if heavy, is not faster than the smaller.. regarding wind etc... more important
is choosing a route
that minimizes hazards, by choosing the right time of year, for example..
More important, is choosing a boat that lets you go crusing rather than one which is so expensive it keeps you working... Save the money
for a club membership
, drinks at the bar, meals
in the club lounge, and occasional nights in the marina......
At first glance the Westsail 32 seems a much better choice than the Southern Cross 31.. Both are cutters... the 32 is roomier, but it sails
like a tank, while the 31 sails
like a witch... The 31 will
you to tack into anchorages
, onto your mooring
, upwind when it counts, is well balanced
has sufficient interior
room, has a seagoing cockpit
, needs a smaller engine
, or none at all. and is cheaper to run..
If you are dead set on a 32 try a Vanguard... but the 31 has more interior space, due to shorter ends.
Also, somewhere in this thread a person expounded on CCA boats being unseaworthy due to long ends.. Rubbish!! Dorade, one of the first of this type sailed across the North Atlantic both east and west via the northern route
, which is stormy, with no problems.. Further CCA boats were beamy compared to others of that time, since most were keel
centerboarders, they had moderate draft
, making them practical for east coast
US cruising. There were many examples in the 30-35 ft range with 4 ft of draft
... any of which cruised and can cruise
Not liked today, were the simple interiors of those boats, but they were and are practical interiors.
Forgotten, this was the era of hard dinks, every boat had to have a place to stow one on deck
, and most did.
Big problem with many of them was they had balsa cored decks.. I had to strip out the soggy balsa from that of my Tartan 27, and replaced the balsa with polyurethane
foamed in place.
Latet I sold that boat for more than I paid for it.
Also, since production runs on these boats ran into the hundreds, you can go to Bacon and get good used sails for many of them at a fraction of the cost of new ones.. However, with SailCut you can sew new ones at home... as I did aboard Pegasus in Wong Keng Tei, Sai Kung, Hong Kong