Some close friends of ours had one, and loved it, but recommended it only for coastal. I do not know exactly why, but the shallow draft
, and large beam is probably part of the reason. My parents expressed an interest in getting a boat for coastal cruising, and that is the first boat that came to mind. I have day sailed on the boat, and found it very seakindly. If you are not sure about a blue water
passage in the immediate future, I would say go for it. Lots of bang for the buck, as these boats usual go for 69000-89000. The boat I sailed on did not point as high as my Challenger, but did well on a reach, and was certainly adaquate for cruising.