My take on the N33 is a little different than tdw's. Yes, it surely looks top-heavy but that doesn't necessarily make it skittish at anchor
or a poor sailer. The N33 I'm most familiar with was (and for the last two decades, is) owned by an old Pacific vet of the 50's and 60's; quite a seaman and a picky sailor, too. When he and his wife returned to the States to cruise
some years later, he picked a N33 and was quite high about its performance. They used it to live aboard and cruise
. When I saw it at anchor
, it was not jiggly at all - but I can see how one would be (more below).
I would say its biggest weakness is that, by now, it's an aged, Taiwan-built boat and so all the potential issues that raises would need to be considered: black iron fuel tank
? electrical wiring
? underwater metals? ballast? WRT cruising the boat 24/7, my biggest gripe is the cockpit
: pretty far forward and with quite shallow coamings (to keep the topsides just a bit lower visually), so I don't think it would be as dry or as comfortable as I'd like. If one adds a big foresail rolled around a foil and then puts a sizeable dodger
in front of the cockpit - both pretty typical these days - I can imagine that would generate an above-water form that would make it pretty nervous at anchor. But I don't think this is inherent in the design.
tdw's certainly correct in doubting a center cockpit
design is the most sensible choice in a hull
this short...but it's the best example I've seen of one.
Good luck on the shopping!