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post #7 of Old 06-02-2004
BarryL
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Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

Hello,

Are you looking for a day sailer (an open boat) or a cruiser (one with a small cabin)?

I have a Catalina 22, which has a small cabin, complete with dinette, sliding galley, V berth, porta-potty, etc. The C22 has a swing keel, so you can raise it for thin water and lower it for better upwind performance.

If you want just a day sailer, Hunter makes a few models that are cheap. Oday also makes a nice day sailer.

For your budget, you are probably best off looking in the local paper, or maybe just cruising around marinas. There are lots of nice small boats around.

Good luck,
Barry
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