"On the marieholm 32 it is 37.5% as apposed to 53.5% on the folkboat (the contessa 32 is 47.3%). Do you think the difference is copasetic? " it's all about beam and ballast. The folkboat is heavily ballasted because it is very narrow. It will heel very quickly and then settle down well heeled. A beamier boat will resist initial heeling more... dont know the beam of the Marieholm... The Contessa 32 is a very ugly 32 IMHO... how you could go from the beauty of the 26 and end up with that I dont know!
marieholm beam is 9.83' which seams a little wide for such a light boat.....
Yeah I agree, those 26's are beautiful! I was looking at one in the chesapeakefor 6,900. It looks like a very nice boat, although she is stripped (doesnt even have a battery) and its on a mooring. so i guess i would need to ship her or go and find a slip and work on her for a month or so.
I've sailed on Rawson 30 and Folkboat 26 and Westsail 32. Very comfortable sailers. The Rhodes Chesapeake I was referring to showed up on craigslist here for $7500. I did go check it out and it needed a bit of work but doable. Had a '95 Yanmar in it. I'm trying to see if it is still listed but haven't had much luck. Don't know if you want to sail it back from Hawaii.