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post #14 of Old 12-26-2002
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Suggestions for good liveaboard/Cruise boats?

Wife and I purchased a 1984 38'' Irwin CC for the same purpose you mentioned.
Sailed and docked in the Chesepeake last season. Got to know our boat. Will be there this season also to finish adding what we feel we need to go. Hope to retire and head down the ICW late Oct. 03 into the warm weather and beyond.
Contemplated a new boat 33'' but after comparing price for basic new, additional equip. and getting along in a smaller space then a house we opted for used and a bit larger. More bang for your buck. Prior and only owner took good care of her. Looked at a number of boats and as they say, "you''ll know it when you see it". And we did. No hesitation.
Two nice size berthing areas. Two complete heads. Access aft from the salon port & starboard sides below. Nice galley & salon. Large center cockpit. 50 hp engine in case with easy access. Two 30 gallon fuel tanks. Two 90 gallon water tanks. Two large ice boxes with one turned into a refridgerator. Also a lot of other items included.
Intend to add a windlass and inverter along with some homey type things.
We got more for our dollar then new. BUT also get some extra problems but nothing we can''t & are not dealing with.

Ray & Joanne
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