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post #7 of Old 01-03-2010
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Welcome aboard.

What is your real world, this-is-how-much-I-can-afford-to-spend-on-a-boat-this-year-TOTAL-without-getting-divorced/evicted/disowned?

Each of those boats will need some work. If you get lucky and find a boat that surveys well with no immediate trouble spots... you will still find some work to do to improve the boat. either way, the purchase price is only the price of admission.

Either the Cal or the Ericson would be my choice, and they are almost neck and neck. The Cal has more interior volume because of the flush deck design, but it is also a darker gloomier boat for the same reason.

I've never sailed either one, so I can't offer an opinion on their performance.

Since you have used the phrase "live aboard" in your opening post, I wouldn't even consider the catalina. Nice trailer boats, but not anyplace I would want to spend more than a weekend at a time.
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