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The later Alerions have foam core and deck, but don’t have the number/year split yet.
Ummm,If you are daysailing, do you want a boat designed for sailing upwind with 4 bodies on the rail, that has the sail controls well separated from the helm, and that is powered by a miniature outboard that pulls its propeller out of the water every time the boat pitches a little?
A friend has a Catalina 270. He singlehands a lot. I think it's a pretty nice boat all around. They seem to go for high prices though, and of course, they are way slower that a J-boat (but faster than a C&C 25) .
Have you looked at the cockpit of a J-27 Semi? Trav, Mainsheet, Backstay and Jib Sheets all readily within reach of the helm. But a non-overlapping jib on a furler (led line back near helm), and you can easily single hand it. Its easy to board out and depower a J-27 main.
In fact, cockpit layout is almost identical to the Alerion 28...
Your right about the outboard, hence the "add a small diesel and saildrive" as the outboard is a PITA to deal with. Or maybe an electric pod drive like Bull installed in his H-Boat.
Why have standing headroom, and full galley and berths (which take away from cockpit lounging space and room for guests) when you have no intention of sleeping 4 people on the boat?
Nothing against a Cat 270, my dad had a Cat27. They are great little cruisers, and not bad boats to day sail on. But nowhere near as fun and rewarding to sail as the J-27 or Alerion 28 would be...
Emailed him Friday evening. Already sold.
The 27 and 92 outclass the 80 in every aspect except ODHas piqued my interest in J/27 and J/80, maybe even J/92.
"Modern" being relative right?Another option with traditional looks above the waterline, fin/modern underbody is the C&C Redwing. This one looks to be in good shape. https://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/98998
Scimitar.Ha! Yes, 60s modern. But no full keel. Those early C&C rudders... how do you even describe that shape.