Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
You are aware of not only the money
but the sizes of the boats, right?
After your C30 a Flicka could seem claustrophobic to you, nice as they are.
This op is the same guy who,imo/e, denigrated the Montgomery 17 he used to own, before he bought the C30mk2 he is now also saying isn't a 'good enough boat'. Me thinks it's the sailor not the boat
Just because the C30mk2 is a much larger boat
all around then the M17, does not make the M17 any less of a boat. You bought the C30mk2 because you thought, or were told, buy a bigger boat to go places. Well wrong! An M17 finished the R2AK, and numerous sisterships have sailed far and wide, mine included! I sailed mine Coastally, Eastern Seaboard far and wide over 15,000 miles. I trusted that design with my Life and she never let me down. Out of the 17 boats I've owned since 1970, it is one that I personally enjoyed the most.
The older I get the less boat I want to maintain. Sage Marine
now builds a similar lapstrake 17, in sloop
or catboat rigs, but MUCH better quality & fit and finish imo/e than the Montgomery 17.
As far as Dana vs NS27? I'd take the Dana hands down, having put 2,500 miles, 1,000 of those offshore
on one. I did 750 miles on a NS27 and did not like the cramped lack of beam below at all, and she sailed a lot more on her ear than the Dana. I'd buy the Dana with my money
it's all there in a sweet package for a singlehander!
The Flicka would drive you crazy moving down in volume. You are now cursed having bought a 30ft because nothing less in volume will satisfy your sense of space below. An IP 31 will take you where ever you want to go if you have the skillset.
A quality built boat brand does not come cheap
, even in today's world of good old classics. Quality holds its value for exactly the reason you are selling now, you don't trust the build quality to take you where you want to go. Throwing money at boats until you find the right one will cost you plenty. I suggest you pay your way crewing
on boats that interest you and then buy the boat that feels right, not knee jerk 'somebody tell me what boat to buy to sail to xyz'. Sounds cold/maybe rude, but that's what I wished I was told/did back buying
boats in years past. Lots of money spent fixing up the wrong boat to go places it never went. At least you are cutting your losses early before fixing up the right now boat.