Some weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me a difficult question, one that I feel is worth sharing. "Coyle, you're a marine expert with some mileage on your odometer," my friend began. "What is the best cruising boat built in the last, say, 30 years?" "Hmm," I replied, stalling. "What sort of cruising are you referring to? Every boat is at best a compromise-there is no perfect boat." My friend persisted: "A cruising boat. No particular type. If you had to pick one, just one, which one would it be? You must have a favorite."