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Re: First Sailboat - the search
One of the biggest reasons I suggest a Catalina is that, in the used market, they tend to hold their value. That is, if you pay $10,000 for a Catalina 27, you'll likely be able to sell it in 2-3 years for about the same amount. Now, you may put $3-4,000 into the boat (adding roller furling, getting new sails, etc.), but at least you can kind of predict what she'll sell for and you can make intelligent decisions as to whether any particular upgrade is cost effective based on your plans for the boat.
Agree. The first boat we bought back in '94 was a 1977 Catalina 30. Paid $11,000 for it, did 0 upgrades to it and sold it 4 years later for $10,500.
We now have a C-34.