Well; I started this, have done some homework and like a lot of your suggestions, read and looked up those 20 boats on each of both books
, most are too deep draft.
Also looked into most of the others you have mentioned.
Would consider the Bristol 33.3 or the 35.5, the Pearson
32 or 35, the Morgan
OI 33 or the 36 OI.
Want a strong, well built, roomy but easy to singlehand vessel that must draw no more than 4 feet because of depth
at high tide at my canal
If too large a boat
, things get too heavy to handle in a blow, so I figure a sloop
under 35 feet is my max. I'm not that strong anymore.
More beam means more interior
room, as does a flush deck
. The Columbia
and Morgan OI come to mind. ( I did speak well of the elegant Island Packet
and the OI. Similar underbodies, each priced accordingly).
Maybe an Irwin
c/b would be on the less expensive side due to maybe false reputation, and that makes it a tempting buy; but I'm not worried about price
as much as good value on a quality boat
. "You make your money
when you buy, not when you sell." and I will probably re-sell.
The smaller boats don't have a gimballed stove
, a practical shower
or hot water
, etc. and we will be living onboard all the time for over a year.!
Thanks for the 'no cave-like ocean crosser' thought, the 'long waterline' advise, the 'mostly at anchor' truth that even underway; we sailors actually sail only 10% of the time, so I'll get a good diesel
Still open for ideas if there are any more. Thanks for your help, it is a critical decision as you well know. Gus.