Originally Posted by arroway
Hello all. First post. New to the forum, somewhat new to sailing. Not new to boatsjust about enough knowledge to truly be dangerous.... Absolutes that we know: The Southern Cross needs updated electronics and has no shower at all (!). The Island Packet has a few odds and ends she needs, but nothing more than about $1000 in actual needs. (Note: obviously a formal survey may turn up more on either boat). For some reason, we just really love the SC - just seems to fit us like a glove. But that also might be a problem, maybe just perhaps too tight. I think both will be sluggish; we're not looking to race, though. We are going to get to take the IP out in a few weeks (not an official sea trial) but the broker is going to take us out, so we'll get to see how she sails. Not sure we'd be able to take the SC out before an official offer is on the table. Anyway, just curious as to what anyone's thoughts were on the two? I will note this: the SC is about 30% cheaper than the IP.
I would pick up the Southern Cross if I intend to stick my nose offshore
: I cruised non stop for 3 years from Southampton/England to Vancouver BC (Via the West Indies, New England
, Tuamotu, Tahiti
, Hawaii) in a Camper & Nicholson 31 Remember that you might need to fight your way to windward while a gale is trying to push you towards an unfriendly shore. This actually happened to us while sailing down between northern Spain
The brave little C&N 31 with his 5 foot draft
beat us, close hauled, away from the coast during a two day force 8 gale
(Back then) no celestial navigation
, only 2 radio
beacons, one from northern Spain
& one from Lisbon that gave us an open intersection & therefore not very reliable one
PS: I now have a lighter displacement
sailboat (Ericson 34) & I can confirm that for the same price
, I would take a roomier/lighter displacement
boat any day. By the way my last 4 sailboats displaced 6 metric tons which make them reasonable to crew alone (Or when your mate is sleeping)...
Good luck !
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