Pretty simple really - because some people like to cruise their local waters as well.Timur said:Precisely. I also owned Santana 30/30GP in early 90s. Beautiful boat in terms of layout and deck space. Also rated 120. The J80 came out same time and kicked our asses every race. The old school designs were just aweful performing boats. OK upwind, but atrocious offwind. Broaching bitches. Glad them days over. Why anyone would waste $1000s to restore the dog is not debatable, it's silly stupid.
My 73 Ranger 33 taken last fall finishing a race. Solid glass hull.I've come across a 1979 Santana 35 while looking for a coastal cruiser. Not many photos, and I've requested more, but they get a pretty good write-up. My research came across a site "About Santana 35" that said the hull was hand glassed with balsa core. The integrity of a balsa core in a boat this age worries me. Are my worries highly justified? I would expect some osmosis in a 40yr old glass boat, and in solid glass I don't see it as a major issue, but in a balsa sandwich I am guessing the moisture can have more serious structural consequences. Is a survey going to be highly reliable in picking up internal damage?
Well neither is the Moore 24 which Webb Chiles took around the world...By the sound of it, the Santana 35 is not a good choice for 2 handed (or single handed) sailing, which is one of my major requirements.
You make very good points... Ease of depowering (reefing main, furling or changing headsail) is VERY high on my list of requirements, as is full 6ft headroom.Well neither is the Moore 24 which Webb Chiles took around the world...
After he retired, my friend took a Santana 35 from Los Angeles to Malaysia, stopping at virtually every island along the way, mostly single-handed. The biggest obstacle he dealt with was storage. Storage for tools, spares, food, clothes, etc. Smallish fuel tank and fresh water tank. Other than that he didn't have many complaints.
There are a lot of little tweaks you can do to a boat set-up for full crew to make it better for single-handing. This is the area where experience really matters.
- Setting up the reefing so it is easy to use.
- Hanks on the heads'ls instead of luff groove systems.
- Slides on mains'l instead of bolt rope in a groove.
- ...many more