Originally Posted by denverd0n
I would not even bother looking at the numbers for the many Hunters, Catalinas, Beneteaus, and Jeanneaus that are out there. They are all going to be close enough that it won't make any real difference between them. Between these kinds of boats the deciding criteria should be things like price
, condition, features, and so on.
Whilst I have no real idea what all these numbers mean
, nonetheless I get a feeling they might be important
, at least to OP (no criticism meant by that - it is vital that folks have confidence in any boat bought, and having doubts on anything (whether valid or not) is not a good way to start)......therefore what I would do in OP's shoes is find out the numbers for the boats mentioned in the sizes required and built for the family
market and use that spread as my ballpark.......not to say that will exclude all boats outside the numbers, but at least lets you know that a good idea to consider more carefully / ask advice.
Likely will find that the most difficult thing is locating a boat at the right price, in the right condition and at the right time - same as for everyone else!
and for use (including not going upside down etc!) will find that the Skipper
(aka you) makes the biggest difference in overall boat "safety" terms.....ain't no boat 100% idiot proof, even if some more forgiving than others.
Also good advice to sail a few different boats, they all do much the same - but some suit each better than others, especially if short handed.