Hello, I am in the market for a 38' to 42' Cutter to be used for Cruising
the east coast and the Caribbean. At the Annapolis Boat Show I saw some
great looking boats and developed a few of my favorites, but I also have a
few of concerns about each boat. I would like to list my favorites along
with my comments and get feedback from anyone who is familiar with these
particular boat. Also if you know of a boat that you would recommend I look
at I would be very interested.
I am thinking about the Cutter Rig hoping that it will be easier for sailing
shorthanded (2 to 3 crew members) and hopefully it allows for more
comfortable sailing over a greater range of wind conditions, of course this
is based upon my limited knowledge of cutters so I would be very interested
in hearing from anyone with extensive sailing on a cutter.
Boats we are interested in:
Island Packet 42' - We loved the great layout, nice storage, and what
appears to be quality construction. My concerns are about the IP's
reputation of being a pig that can't get out of it's own way. Does anyone
have any knowledge of the IP's actual performance in the average wind
conditions (8 -15 knots), and how well she handle in a gale? I am also
concerned about the keel not being lead. They use concrete inside the
fiberglass keel, does anyone have any knowledge of specific problems
concerning the keel. Any positive or negative comments you have concerning
the IP 42 or the IP line in general.
Tartan 41 - I liked the layout, and the look of quality through out the
boat. I know they can be a great cruiser/racer for the beer can circuit,
but do they hold up will sailing to the Islands? I have heard horror
stories about boats cored with balsa below the waterline, does anyone have
any knowledge of Tartan having problems with their core below the waterline?
From the placement of the mast, it looks like the Tartan isn't conducive for
a Cutter Rig does anyone have any first hand knowledge of sailing this boat
Valiant 40 and 41 - I loved the quality, the canoe stern and from what I
hear a very easy helm. My wife hated the space you loose with the canoe
stern and the fact that it didn't have an easy access from the dinghy. She
also thought that the Robert Perry designs were too masculine. Any feedback
from woman who have cruised onboard a Valiant or another Robert Perry design
would be appreciated.
Pacific Seacraft 40 - What more can be said, a great boat that my wife
doesn't like the look. ; )
As you can see my wife likes the spaciousness of the IP and the Tartan, I
prefer the seaworthiness of the Valiant and the PS. I would love feedback
from anyone who has done some cruising in any of these boats.