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  1. Morgan Out Island 41

    With over 1,000 built, this is by far the most popular boat over 40' ever built. No comparably sized boat even comes close to this level of success. This is the boat people really cruise in, not a boat people just dream of. Yes, it's not particularly beautiful - and sailing performance tends to be mediocre. But, the reality is, the OI-41 has been "the boat" for more cruisers than any other. The combination of size, accommodation, construction, shoal draft, and price have made the OI-41 a pragmatic choice for generations of cruisers.

    73 votes
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    • Dickerson 41

      Dickerson 41 ketch, the poor man's Island Packet. Sturdy, proven, oodles of storage and good looking.

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      • Pearson Ariel / Commander

        If the Cape Dory 25 is listed, the Pearson Ariel surely must. Below the water line they are almost identical, the main difference being the cabin top shape as well as the interior cabin layout. Solid, Sturdy, little boats. One of Albergs Best.

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        • Norseman 447

          Solidly built by Ta Shing, and one of Bob Perry's best designs.

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          • VEGABOND 47 BLUEWATER KETCH

            The Vagabond 47 is a well recognized William Garden design and a big beautiful center cockpit bluewater cruising ketch. Garden famous for his traditional sailing ships complete with the raised quarter deck and salty clipper bow. Introduced in the early 70s, most of the Vagabonds are between the years of 78 and 85. Consistent with the times, Vagabond are robustly built with solid fiberglass hulls with full long keel and attached rudder to Lloyds standards. The hardwood stringers and structural bulkheads of plywood make the boat stiff and strong. When you step aboard, you know you are on your own…

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            • Nordic 44

              One of Bob Perry's best early designs. Excellent offshore passage maker, fast in all airs. Comfortable accommodations (I lived aboard mine for 12 years. Well built and now available again as a "Norstar 44"

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              • 70 votes
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                • Liberty 458

                  Why this superbe boat is not in the list ? It's a cult in long distance cruising

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                  • 70 votes
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                    • Transworld 41

                      41' Ketch designed by William Garden and built by the still active and leading Taiwanese yard, TransWorld Boat Building Co.. She's a very stout full keel offshore ketch rigged sailboat boat. Similar to the Formosa 41 / CT41 / Island Trader 41

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                      • 70 votes
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                        • Formosa or CT-41

                          Please review these beautiful designs from William Garden.

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                          • Niagara 42

                            Mark Ellis designed and built by famed Canadian builder Hinterhoeller. Now back in production as the Bruckman 42.

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                            • CAL 2-46

                              The CAL 2-46 yacht weighs 15 tons. Hefty for a coastwise cruiser. But light for an offshore boat. So she rises over massive ocean rollers like a modern ocean racer. Instead of wallowing in the troughs. Rides with a breaking storm wave. Instead of stopping dead in its path. Hand layed-up fiber-glass construction, generous structural bulkheads make her sinewy and tough. And Bill Lapworth's seakindly design makes her fast enough to run before a storm. The keel is extraordinarily long. To help her track. And it only draws five feet. Which is unusual for a 46-footer. A balanced spade rudder…

                              70 votes
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                              • Halman 20

                                based on the nordic style Lynaes-Jollen fishing vessel made for the Nord Sea, they are double ender w/ long keel very strong little boat .

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                                • Endeavour 38

                                  Smaller sister of Endeavour 42 and 43 reviewed here. Seems faster and better appointed with S/D ratio of 16.7.

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                                  • GULFSTAR 47 SAILMASTER

                                    GULFSTAR 47 SAILMASTER

                                    First and foremost, this is a comfortable boat.The Gulfstar Sailmaster 47 is widely known as a well built, long range cruising yacht with roomy accomodations. On deck, the Sailmaster has a high-and-dry cockpit that seats a group with a view and in comfort. Down below, her features are many. She is a full salon with raised aft deck design offering enourmous living space and cruising comfort. Large surrounding salon windows give a bright and open feeling with a clear and unobstructed view of the scenery around you. Under sail, the vesatile ketch rig is easily handled by…

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                                    • 70 votes
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                                      • Swan 431, S&S

                                        Beautiful S&S lines, 50 percent ballast ratio. Traditional Nautor Swan quality with a roomy interior.

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                                        • Cheoy Lee Offshore 36

                                          Based on the successful racer 'Flying Buffalo'. Marice Declerc sold the design to Choey Lee. This production version was also sold as the FLYING BUFFALO 36. The OFFSHORE 36 was one of Cheoy Lee's most popular sailboat models.'Flying Buffalo' an extremely successful racing design of the mid-1960', on which this model is based. It has an outstanding racing record on the Great Lakes where she has won in her class in both the Chicago and Port Huron Mackinacs, setting a course record in the latter event in it's prime.

                                          70 votes
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