I am new to this form and would like to ask some advice. I've just spent a fairly large amount of time reading long threads which invariably end up with some people defending production boats and some others suggesting they are not much good. I'd like to avoid starting that debate if possible.
My question is a bit more specific, I intend to purchase
a new (used) boat
about 10m long and after some local searching have found a 2005 Baveria 30 with a fin keel
and a 2003 Jenneau SO32 with a lifting keel
both of which meet my requirements and price
bracket, both have some good advantages and I'm trying to decide between the two. Does anyone have any first hand experience or comments they could share?
In some ways the real question is lifting vs fin keel.
I'm familiar with the text book pro and cons but I have sailed a larger Baveria in the past and it's a known quantity to some extent. I was a little put out by appearance of the two stubby bilge
heels between the slot on the bottom of the Jenneau and I have no personal experience of similar boats.. It made me think it looked a bit 'tubby'.
I am based in the Solent and the shallower draft
would open up some options, but is not essential. I plan some longer trips in the future (in the same boat
or a different one, who knows).
I also have no idea how the Jenneau is rated for its righting moment etc. Its probably irrelevant in real life but as I have no experience I am of course, full of prejudice and worrying about its relative safety
Many thanks for reading,