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Old 06-18-2008
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I think if you want to move up above a Sunfish you need to up your budget. I am actively shopping for a sailing dinghy (centerboard) for myself. Reality says that a $1000 boat is going to need thousands more to get into good shape. My father bought a Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2 a couple of years ago. It is a good sailing dinghy, last produced in 1983. The one he purchased was in average condition, by the time he cleaned up the woodwork, got the dents and scratches in the hull repaired, repainted the trailer, replaced the outboard, and got the sails cleaned by SailCare he was out ~$8000. He still needs to replace the original sails as they are not going to be worth sending to SailCare again.

This doesn't mean that you are going to spend that much but any hull that you pick up for $1000 is going to need significant work to get into good sailing shape.

You don't mention what size dinghy you want. Are you solo sailing or with family? So you want hang off the edge of the boat excitement (Laser) or sit in the boat comfort (Capri 14.2)? You mention monohull as you are a novice, I don't think that that is a basis to discard a catamaran, you can learn in either.

The choices are endless, in your price range you are going to have limited selection of older boats, you may just have to settle for what you can find unless you can significantly up the budget.
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