It's easy enough to pull up LOTS of reviews
, as well as pictures of your candidates online. The reviews
give you a sense of the pros & cons of the boat, but the pics help a lot more in terms of getting a sense of the space & lighting
in the boat. Plus the effect of different cushions/cushion covers, hatches, & wood finishes do to a boat.
I can't say that I've been aboard all of the candidates, & of course some are more memorable than others.
The Newport 27 is really nice in that the cabin
is the full width of the boat, so that for a boat that length, you get both a feeling of & the reality of, a lot of space belowdecks. Plus, with a flush/flat deck
like hers, it makes going forward to do chores easier, & gives you a bit more lounging room on deck
Catalina's typically have a very large interior
volume inside as compared to other makes of the same length. And it's a guess, but she may even have standing head
One place to dig up tech specs, & diagrams of various boats is at www.sailboatdata.com
And of course some builders are still in business, Catalina for example. Ergo a good resource to look into. Though, also look online for class associations.
One other item, which is a reflection of the boat's performance under sail, is their racing
rating, typically in/via the PHRF system for the boats you're looking at. Obviously there's no need to race
your boat, but no one likes a dog.
If you look up a boat in the linked page, the lower the number, the faster the boat. And if one boat rates 50, & another 100, then the faster boat is such by 50sec./mile
It doesn't sound like a lot, but even 20-30 sec differences are VERY noticeable.
PHRF New England - Handicapping - Base Handicaps
And of course, you need to also consider some of the other key items of boat ownership
; Surveys, Storage/Marinas, Insurance
, Maint. Plus about 1k other small things.