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post #3 of Old 07-04-2008
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What are you planning to do with the boat? Yacht Club condo and occassional day sailing, coastal cruising or circumnavigation? If you are going to do much serious blue water sailing, I would stay away from any fin keel, spade rudder boats. The last time I had Paloma out of the water up in Seabrook, off of Galveston Bay(the Houston area, over 10.000 boats are moored in the general area), most of the boats that were on the hard for repairs were fin keel/spade rudder boats with damaged rudder posts, a few with keels jacked slightly askew from groundings - a manority of them were Beneteau's - a very popular and well-represented boat in the Galveston Bay area. Also look at the fate of Cynthia Woods (not a Beneteau) on another thread.

s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
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