Have you watched Linn and Larry's videos? They're my favorite. They are all about simple. And their boat is amazing!
I looked at the ones you linked and I'm not sure I can look at many more lol. It was ripping at my heart. I haven't sailed in almost 3 years now and haven't cruised for 5. It's brutal.
The Hans Christian with the tanbark sails is beautiful. Right up my alley haha.
I don't like the Amel. The rig is in between a ketch and a Yawl, and a Yawl rig is pretty useless.. A ketch, schooner, or cutter is best for cruising with two people! But the little mizzen on a yawl kinda screws everything up. Only time it would ever help is in really foul weather. You could run a little storm jib and a reefed mizzen and heave too for days. Other than that it's in the way, doesn't balance well, and actually kinda acts as a brake haha.
I can talk Jeeps all day. I can talk boats all my life...
At this point, I don't know what works and what doesn't, I only know what I read and what I
think looks good. I hate the newer "fake" stuff but would be OK with a newer boat built by a classic company (C&c, Amel, etc.). I don't mind the Hunters, Catalina's, Jeanneau, Beneteau, etc. because of the amenities but if I could afford a new one of those I could afford to outfit an older boat the way I would want it.
Never heard of them, but will be watching now!
Oh man Chili. I feel like a recovering addict that just had a bag of blow, a bottle of Jameson, and a sack dropped in his lap. You screwed me man!
HAHA! New sig line!
Here is Linn and Larry's rig. I can't get enough of Lyle Hess's designs. WHEN I go back to sea this is what it will be in...
Did you know Lyle Hess was from Idaho? Born in Blackfoot before moving to southern CA to become one of best small yacht designer ever. Pretty cool eh?
This one was a steal http://www.davidjonesclassics.com/sa...-cutter-88500/
If I had the money I would have made that pretty lady mine...Oh the adventures we would have had me and her...
Yeah, I'm definitely old school - but just like in the Jeeping world - I can't afford my own tastes