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Local Market Flush with Used Hunters and Catalinas...


In the Chesapeake Bay area we have a ton of 70's and 80's Hunter and Catalina boats available. Some which appear to be in better condition and other not so much (based solely on my viewing internet adds).

I am looking for a decent boat for my wife and I to enjoy in the 25-35 foot range... and while there are lots of other options besides Hunters and Catalina's, there are just so many to choose from.

I do not expect a palace, and this won't be the boat that my wife and I sail anywhere other than the Bay and maybe up and down the ICW. I intend on paying cash for a very inexpensive boat and sailing it for 2 maybe 3 years before trying to sell it and double up my new cash and get a better or larger boat. Maybe we will end up liking what we have. In any case, I refuse to get a mortgage, although we cannot afford to pay cash for our "eventual" boat - yet.

So, my question is this: is it unwise to buy a model (assuming it's in acceptable condition and the price is competitive) that has saturated the market, or does that work in your favor when trying to sell because of familiarity?

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