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post #7 of Old 11-13-2004
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Thoughts on a mid size cruising boat

There have been a few good articles in Cruising World "Classic Plastic" that might offer some ideas. In our area (Maine and New Brunswick Canada)you can find mid 80''s boats in great condition as many of them in the small to mid size range are used on weekends by retired people for 3 months a year! Advice that served us well in our latest jump was to focus on finding a boat in good condition with good gear that was on the small end of what we thought would be nice. In making the moce from 22 to 27 ft, the way we used the boat changed and I firmly believe that had we gone bigger, we would likely have gotten less use rather than more. As it stands we weekend and spend a week aboard when the mood strikes with no problems, as well we can be under way quickly with a simple boat and as a result spend many evenings out, maximizing our use. Have fun.
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