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Old 01-26-2009
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The Catalina 22 and 25 are great choices. If your budget is capped at $7000, you may find limited availability of the 25 (those in good shape anyway). You should be able to get a 22 with a trailer in good shape for between $4000 and $6000. 25's tend to run between (at least they did) between $5000 and $9000 with a trailer. Other options for you are the Oday 22, 222, 23 and 25. They are comparable to the Catalina in quality and performance; all other things being equal, they tend to be a little less expensive. They don't have the pop-top cabin (except for some cranky, elderly versions of the 23), but they have a stub keel/centerboard rather than the swing keel of the Catalinas. A question of taste, but I find the centerboard to be much easier to operate and maintain than the swing keel. The Oday centerboard doesn't need cranks or steel pendent lines because it is unweighted. Just a single, hand operated line. Good luck.
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