Firstly, my Maine
summers are quite pleasant so I'll have you all be quiet now.We have one 60 degree weekend and thats plenty.
Secondly, back to the actual purpose of discussion, I can only speak for four of these boats with experience. My family
owned Cape Dory
243 from 9/90-9/09 and we cruised extensively up and down the Maine coast. It's a great, stable boat in a blow, but it always goes 5 knots. 5 freaking knots. When we motor
, 5 knots. When we sail in 25 knot
winds, 5 knots. It only doesn't go five knots when we sail in average weather when it went 3. But I loved sailing and being on the water
, so I loved the boat to death. It's a great choice if you don't mind making Portland
to Boothbay a 6 1/2 hour day. A major downside is, when anchored, it seems that when all the boats start rocking, ours remained rocking longer because of the additional weight below the waterline and that pendulum effect. The Alberg 30
was the same hull
, so it would most likely experience that as well. It was tiller steered for the most part, though, while the Cape Dory
was an aft cockpit wheel
model. The CD gave you a choice between cutter
and some have been converted to sloops with the removal
of stayboom hardware
. It's true they're not incredibly spacious, but they're very safe boats and that's whats important.
We did a number of Cape Dory cruises and got a chance to become intimately familiar with the interior
of CD33 #38 (S/V Evening Light). It was much more spacious than the 30 IMHO and had the added benefit of a nav station and quarterberth while keeping essentially the same size kitchen. The 33 is also not CD's only model of that length, the 330 was another design which may be worth considering, but I hesitate to see it torn apart by any Cape Dory haters out there.
The other boat I can speak on is the Bristol 32 which we have encountered in the form of a boat accompanying on yacht club cruises to Mount Desert. I did not love the boat and it didn't have the option of a staysail which irked me greatly. The interior
was somewhat similar to Cape Dorys, but I felt it was less homey and it was also tiller steered. I have no problem with tillers, but in my experience a wheel
is easier for navigating in our area as dodging lobster pots is important and they are much easier to see when standing behind a wheel.
All things considered, with cash not being an object, I would choose the CD33/330 based on my personal experience with the boats. However, if a nice herreshoff like a Neriera presented itself to me I'd be hard-pressed to say no.
Well, there's my too-poor-to-give-2-cents worth.
1982 CD30 #243
"You were once mine"