Originally Posted by Ansmith
................. Would you suggest any type of boat for us to check out?
This is an often asked question that is near impossible to answer. Here are just a few of the conflicts:
Do you value a low maintenance
boat built with the appearane of a Chlorox bottle or a beautiful vessel loaded with brightwork that requires great care for the wood?
Do you value light wind
performance and easy manuevering with a fin keel
or the weight, size and strength of a long keeled cruising "truck"?
Do you value the current reliability
of new or are you capable to revive and refit
an older boat?
Do you value the choice of long passages offshore
with the chance of being subject to major storms or would you choose coastal crusing and selecting weather
that would make your passages only subject to brief thunderstorms?
Do you expect to stay in deeper waters or spending time gunkholing up shallow estuaries?
These are just a few of the compromises that must be made. I sail a moderately heavy, long-keeled, inexpensive, "chlorox" bottle designed, shoal draft
, coastal cruiser that I've stuck with for 41 years, but my first live aboard was a high performance, light, fin keeled design. I made my choice, but it's not for all.