Originally Posted by burtonrau
First time to the forum, and would like some helpful advice
Looking at two sailboats, first one a 1990 Cape Dory 36, the second a 2001 Island packet 350. Other then the money
difference. Wife likes the newer sailboat which is nice, but I really like the C. Alberg design. Been sailing a Person Triton for the last 15 years and ready for our next bigger boat.
Anyone have either boat and could help with some pro's and con's.
Thank you for your time.
At first glance they appear to be similar boats, but they are not. I've sailed lots of Alberg designs and several of the IP boats.
The Alberg boats have a good turn of the hull
into the keel
. The rudders are hung on the trailing edge of the keel
The IP boats are more like a canoe bottom, with a long, thick fin glassed on. The rudders are connected to the keel by a metal bar.
The IP does have more interior
space, and is built very well.
The Cape Dory is also built for offshore
sailing. In my experience the motion of the Alberg is more comfortable in rough water
. The CD36, if sailed well, will get to windward faster than the IP.
Tayana42 said "I think the Island Packet is a better built boat..." The interiors are nice and shiny, and the hulls well built, but many of them have poor access when you need to service
some items. I can't speak to the 2001 model, but some of the metal used to connect the rudder
and keel had corrosion
issues on the IP boats. Cape Dory made boats that will handle more than the crew could. Both my A35 (Pearson), and my old Cape Dory 28 have performed well in winds over 50 knots. What sort of conditions are we going to use our boats in?
A 15 or 26 year old boat should be examined carefully. From through hulls to the mast head
and everything in between. What they were when they left IP or CD is not what they are now. Deal with now. Price
out the cost of items that need repair, then compare boats again. Would the CD price
leave you room to get new interior cushions
, curtains that might make your wife happy?
If the captain
does not like how the boat sails
or looks, it's not good.
If the Admiral is not happy with the boat it's really bad.
P.S. have you shown the Admiral the Morris 34?