Same question as in the other thread but with a European perspective. I'm looking for a 30ish sized boat mainly for shorthanded distance racing with some weekend cruising on the side. Windward/leeward racing is not in the plan. Budget is up to 60 k€ but that must include decent racing sails so maybe 50k max for the boat with a 10k allowance for some relacement sails. Ideally the beam should be 3 m or less as there are much more slips available locally if you stay below 3 m beam, It must be possible to make the boat OSR cat compliant and I do want a inbord diesel engine as the delivires to from racing will be considarable. I would prefer a boat built this century
Boats I've looked at so far:
J-92/92S: Nice boats in my eyes maybe the best option so far. A 92 can easily be found within the budget a 92s is maybe on the limit. Seems like a nice boat but the ones that sail locally have showed any great performance which makes me a bit wary. I do understand that they have shown decent performance under IRC in the UK though? Anyone with insight?
Corby 29: Not many built but a few on the market. Nice boats but maybe to oriented towards W/L performance in my taste. Problematic to buy due lack of CE-marking (You really need this to get a vilid insurance policy here)
POGO 8.50: A bit of odd bird but I do like the style of the boat. I 've never sailed on one so if anyone have any experience I would love to hear that. I understand that it would not be a good W/L boat but can you get decent performance out of it for distance racing? Large beam is drawback for docking.
X-99: Can easily be had within budget. Performs well in light air but a handful shorthanded in a blow. Ticks many boxes on paper but I don't care for the spindly rig with runners.
Any other ideas that I have missed?