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Old 22-09-2023, 16:59   #16
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Re: First small cruiser for PNW

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A huge number of boats meet those requirements.
I'll throw in my biased opinion to the ring and say the Albin Vega 27 -- great little boats, circumnavigators, cut-away full keel, can be found in the 10-20K range in excellent condition.
Here's a good list: https://atomvoyages.com/planning/cla...ers-list-html/
Or even a Westsail 32, there's one for sail in Toronto in the price range. Nice liveaboard.
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Re: First small cruiser for PNW

You probably know that PNW sailing requires a versatile boat able handle long durations of light air as well as sustained blows and steep seas (mostly in the straits, but sometimes in the byways). Here in the Salish, we sail a C&C 37, which doesn't meet your criteria in terms of keel or rudder, but it does point to 30+ degrees and is easy to depower, two qualities that keep us making reasonable way (current permitting) without having to crank up the yanny. IMHO, keep the sailing frequent and fun. If the PNW is where you mainly want to be sailing (as opposed to motoring), do consider pointing ability (reducing the number of tacks up a channel) and maneuverability in tight spaces (small, crowded bays & tight marina fairways); a fin keel is a major assist on both counts. Check out a late 70s/early 80s Islander 30 or 32. Super boats. I'll follow this thread to hear what you come up with. Enjoy the search!
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Price: 10-18k.
Length: 30 feet or so
Cabin height: I am 6'4" but willing to slouch a little...
-Full keel or skeg hung rudder makes me more comfortable.
-We'd like to have enough space to live for a week without restocking.
-I'd like an inboard diesel.
-A thickly built 70's fiberglass hull is also comforting
Given your list, I might take a look at this.
https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/b...668905495.html
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Re: First small cruiser for PNW

Id look at a Catalina 30. There are a ton of them and they will have most if not all of the systems you will want.
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