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post #4 of Old 12-13-2002
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$3200 and not sure what to buy?????

My first boat was a 76 Laguna windrose 24, which seems to have been a sort of imitator of the old Catalina 22. Slow and fairly uncomfortable boats, in my opinion. I sold it and bought a Mirage 236, from Mirage Mfg. in Gainesville FL. These boats are hard to find because the company made very few of them. I bought mine for $2500 and sold it for $3500. It is one of the best sailing small boats I''ve ever sailed. (I''m still kicking myself for selling it.) the 9ft 2 inch beam made it almost impossible to trailer, but the cabin is very comfortable. Still, the boats best feature is its performance. There was one on Ebay just recently with an opening bid of $2800. I''d go out on a limb and say it''s about as good a boat for the money as you will find. In addition to the 236 (23 1/2'') they also made a Mirage 5.5. Yahoo hosts a Mirage 5.5 group and they are all crazy about their boats as well.
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