A 37 foot Crealock was our home on the ocean for six years. I wish the book I wrote about our cruising years had been on the market before we went. "Emtpy Nest to Life Vest: Plotting a New Course" is available on Amazon and my web site www.christiegorsline.com
hi all..what about a cold molded full keel? is what i am looking for for a world sailing and live abord and safe when we counter huge wave. what you think? and olso what the name of those sailboat that are like football shape? what the name of this tip of boat?
Probably a Gunboat 66... fast... comfortable, and extremely luxurious. Nice boat for anything, especially those with the means.
There are a lot of good boats to do a circumnavigation with. There are of course many different trade-offs. One thing to consider is the route: is the boat going to venture into High Latitudes such as the Southern Ocean or going around the great capes?
In which case you will most likely want a very well built monohull capable of self righting.
On the other hand under most sailing conditions the wind is light to moderate, in which case a boat that does well in light air is better, such as a Catamaran.
Cats vs Monohulls.
Cats - Pros: Faster, more stable, better performance, able to access lagoons and cays better due to less draft, if it has a reinforced bottom - you can beach the cat - this is an advantage if you need to clean the bottom.
Some drawbacks with Catamarans: More expensive than a Monohull, unable to self right, unable to load them down as much, slip fees are more expensive.
When it comes to making a choice between a Mono-hull or a Catamaran there is no definate answer. And yes, Catamarans have gone into the Southern Ocean and around the Great Capes, and current speed records for circumnavigation are held by Cats. But we aren't racing here, and Cats are riskier once in heavy seas.
For the ordinary cruiser, with weather reporting and SSB radio, they can simply sail around a lot of storms. And only once in a while get caught. So...statistically the Cat is the way to go...but then...chance has a way of turning us into Statistics...
Good boat choices for Mono-Hull
Island Packet, Westsail 32, 42, 43 (if you can find one), Ingrid 38, Alueja 38, Cabo, Pacific Seacraft, Hans Christian, Colin Archer (you may have to go to Europe to get one of these), Ericson, Cal, Peterson 44, Formosa 46.
Good choice for a Cat: Atlantic Catamarans ( www.chriswhitedesigns.com )- these boats are fast, well built, you can beach them. Draft on an Atlantic 48 runs from 3'-2" to 7'-8". Pilot has a wheel that you can retreat to in bad weather (or just too much sun) otherwise cockpit is forward of the pilot house
Why were j/boats (j/42,44,46) or tartans (4000's) not mentioned? From my reading knowledge, that's all I have, they are pretty good "new" versions of all the older ones listed.