Just a note from personal experance..
when We bought our boat, I was interested in the way she sails
, and sails
, and sails, and then after we bought her and started cruising, we found that all that performance crap went out the window..
and I come from a racing
background, so My ideal cruising boat was a FIRST Series Beneteau
.. A true thoroughbred, with 65 feet of mast
and a deep keel at 8 feet 6 inches.. But now that we've been on the boat, cruising for a few years, I'm starting to think different, just a little..
Now I still love her lines, and she's sexy as hell, but as age creeps upon me, sexy isnt as inportant as the all-round workings of the boat.. and I find myself saying damn thats mast
is high more often,and damn that water
is shallow here..
So, to keep from bouncing off the bottom, and the ability to go a little further up that river, and maybe find those hide-away spots that deeper keels cant get to..
I think I'd lean more tword a shorter keel..
Remember the actuall time you'll be sailing, opposed to the time just settin around in a gunk-hole, injoying the cruising life.. Find a boat that lives well, comfortable at anchor
, and easy to get around in a tight area.....
And if you ever run across a FIRST 42, A true Thoroughbred Racer
, built to haul ass in open ocen conditions, tyed up under a shade tree somewhere, give me a wave, as I'll be the one taking life easy........