SS, you might tell us what YOU mean by cruising? If it means long ocean passages and long term remote anchorages
, a different type of boat is required than if you mean gunkholing up and down the California
coast, trips up to the Delta
, the Channel Islands and so on.
The latter venues are frequently visited by boats very similar to yours. Many years ago Ann and I did a bunch of coastal cruising from SFB, and eventually a round trip to Hawaii
... all in a Yankee 30. I see these sweet boats offered in the 10 to 20 K range, often with a diesel
instead of the venerable Anemic Four originally installed.
The desire for a full keel
for longer passages is often based on folklore and internet
opinions. There are thousands of us cruising in fin keel boats, and most of us don't like suffering all that much. Our personal total mileage is now approaching the 150,000 mark, and every inch of that has been done in fin keel designs. I have not observed that our fellows with full keels have done much better in any way, including comfort. None of our keels have fallen off, BTW, and all of these boats have been directionally stable enough that either a wind vane
or an autopilot
has been able to direct our course successfully.
So, let us know a bit more about your plans, and open your mind to other solutions to your quandaries.