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Beyond those questions...Where are you planning to cruise? What is YOUR skill level?
I don't get it... the poster asks the questions, we try to answer them...…. he's already decided on the boat.. he just wants help in getting a good one. All the questions are immaterial.Beyond those questions...
How many crew and occasional guests?
How often do you sail, and for what continuous duration?
What are the expectations of your crew? (are you singlehanding most of the time?)
What do you want to do with the boat?
If you want to know the physical issues with that particular Island Packet, and you've made-up your mind, WHY DID YOU CHOSE IT?
Joe, he asked if a particular boat is a good "cruiser". That term is not really defined universally. I know people who "cruise" the ICW from Maine to Florida every year. Go to Georgetown in the Bahamas and you meet people who make the trip from Florida to Georgetown and then barely move. We "cruise" the Caribbean. Cap'n Fatty "cruises" around the world. So understanding what the OP means and who may be with him is part of figuring out if that boat fits him.I don't get it... the poster asks the questions, we try to answer them...…. he's already decided on the boat.. he just wants help in getting a good one. All the questions are immaterial.
Given your new information my personal opinion would be to go with as new of a production boat in the 30-35 foot range you can afford. You are going to be a fair weather sailor until your crew is more comfortable. Even when caught in a storm, the boat can take more than the crew anyways. The newer boats have a more comfortable layout. They will be easier to get your crew to enjoy time on the boat. And if it doesn't work out you will be able to sell it easier with less of a loss (you never make money on boats ).Appreciate the tip on the aluminum tanks!
Thanks all, I have not decided on the boat per se, but I do appreciate the insights that more experienced sailors have. Good point on “cruiser” - that was vague. My cruising companions, be it coastal or elsewhere, are new to sailing and I would like to have a boat that is capable , sea-kindly, and although I would be fine with a narrower beam and stronger performance upwind, the rest of the crew is currently not on board with that idea.
To questions about use:
Singlehanded with moderate assistance
2-3 days max for the next few years I would guess
Coastal cruising, occasional regattas, currently reside inTX, so Gulf Coast
Any other general or specific problems to be wary of when considering an IP31?