I posted this under "Sailing." It didn't generate much response. Don't know if it's the topic or the placement. Anyway, here 'tis.
Has anybody had sailing experience with any of the recent daysailor/weekenders, such as:
Bridges Point 24
Alerion Express 28
I would be interested in hearing your impressions. I've been sailing a J-22 on an inland lake in N.C. I really like the boat, but I'm thinking I might like something with a little more in overnight comfort, but definitely not a cruising boat, and perhaps a little more stability.
I do a little informal PHRF with a lot of Hunters and Catalinas, so I like a boat that is a spirited sailor. We sail year round. Things I would like:
Good sailing characteristics especially in 5 to 15 knots - seas not an issue
Can be single handed
Prefer fractional rig, since trimming jib is easier
Large sit-in cockpit
Inboard would be nice but not required
Navigation lights needed
Electronics not necessary
Head - porta-pottie OK
Room for a one burner stove - don't need a sink or freshwater tank
There's a sweet looking Alerion 26 on YachtWorld.com for $63K which is probably at the upper end of my budget.