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Old 09-11-2012, 16:42   #1
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Upgrading?

The Pearson 30 I've been sailing has served me well for a lot of years and does exactly what it is designed to do and i've been toying with the idea of upgrading
This would be with the idea of extended cruising -me and mate, imagine a quest or two for short periods.
initially at least south along the East Coast (Bermuda?) and onto the islands...maybe for a year
After that?...who knows...maybe keep going

the balancing act
in order of vague priority:
Budget
Build Quality/Safety
Space/Comfort
Systems

have been investigating boats in the 34 to 37 foot range...occasionally bouncing up to 40.
Besides the fact I'm a bit intimated by 40 and over...it's out of my budget.

the boats which keep coming back to my mind are the
70's S&S Tartan 34 and 37
Contessa 35 (not many around)
Alberg 35
and Older Bristols

Systems really are the last priority (KISS theory applies)
Safe and reasonably comfortable take precedence

any thoughts on the boats
and any others i should be keeping an eye on?
Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2012, 18:06   #2
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Re: Upgrading?

I am partial to Albergs, have you looked at an Alberg 37? If I ever upgrade this would be a boat that I would look at. I think a Tartan is also a good choice. But the Alberg would be my choice. Yes they are slower but many have proven themselves as good sea worthy boats. thats what is important to me. Other will no doubt have other wants and needs where the Albergs may not fit.
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Old 09-11-2012, 18:13   #3
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Re: Upgrading?

1. Stick to what you have. You know this boat and she does her job.

2. I like Tartan 37 - simple, liveable boats, many around and not overpriced.

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Old 09-11-2012, 19:12   #4
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Re: Upgrading?

If you like the Pearson 30 but need more room, why not a larger Pearson. I think they are pretty good boats in general and usually a good value.

But then I may be prejudiced.
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Old 10-11-2012, 00:23   #5
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Re: Upgrading?

Cruiser:
forgot about the Alberg 37 so its on the list - thanks

Barney:
yes maybe you are right. i'm up in the air about upgrading. no reason i can't make due with the P30 for the NE/SE.


Skip:
I've thought about the older Vanguards..they've always held a sweet spot to my eye.
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