If your “short list” contains only two boats having the fiollowing comparative principal parameters:
HC: 8 tons displacement
, SA/D 13, L/D 340, LWL 30 feet, cutter
rig with sprit.
Mamaru: 19 tons displacement
, SA/D 19, L/D 226, LWL 42 feet, knock-about ketch
you should probably do a good deal more studying before you commit your funds.
You should probably also get some more leagues under your keel before you make such a momentous decision.
You will have heard that the purchase
of a house is the greatest expenditure a man is likely to make in his life. You may not be quite so keenly aware that buying
AND KEEPING a Mamaru requires access to a number of dollars greater than most people spend on a house! A a house you can sell in a matter of weeks when/if the strain become too much. A Mamaru may take months, even years, to dispose of! My constant counsel to the ambitious is to spend no more on buying a boat than you can walk away from with a smile on yur face!
The HC 33 is certainly capable of blue water work
and, if you sail both boats, you will find that the HC is amenable to single
handing, which would likely be a problem in the Mamaru, particularly for a sailor so inexperienced that he needs to ask the question you have asked.
Taking issue with JPACate is not something I do lightly, but I would suggest – with the humility that JPA knows I possess ;-) - that if his/her friend's HC had a “hard mouth”, it was most likely because her skipper
didn't know how to trim her. A spritted cutter
appropriate for the wind
and wave at the given time should trim out to have a perfectly neutral helm on any point of sail above the beam reach. So no worries on that score :-)
And do not worry about the theoretical difference in “hull speed” twixt the two boats. In PRACTICAL cruising that has very little relevance. Weatherliness is a kettle of fish
of a different colour, but that's where “skippering” comes in.
All the best