My wife and I are looking to purchase
the right boat
. I like a little performance and she likes more luxury/comfort, etc. We have narrowed it to the following: Hanse 385, XP38, Dehler 38 and Alerion 41 (a little outside of our target price), but it has luxury and ease of sail given self tacking jib
, lines to the helm
We live in Boston (light winds in the summer) and I am the main sailer. My wife is taking lessons, but really likes the entertainment ability rather than sport of sailing. The plan is to have a nice enough boat
to move it around in the summer between Newport
, Buzzards Bay, Boston and Maine
and have it be our second home to sail and get out of the city on the weekends when in locations other than Boston. Given we entertain a lot, I like the ease of selling of the Hanse and Alerion. The XP38 is solid and can also be raced while still offering comfort. The Hanse is more all about comfort. I am concerned about sail quality, the ability of the boat to sail well going back and forth to islands, and destinations noted in open seas. Need to meet wife's needs while still sailing well and the ability to hold its value and not depreciate rapidly. Thoughts on these boats or even other suggestions? Thank you.