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If it's your first boat...then I would get a well-maintained 24 or 25-footer for 4-5 grand and save your money while you learn a bit more about the pitfalls of buying on the used market. Nothing wrong with most of the boats in this category...Hunter 25 Cherubinis are good as far as they go in this range...Catalinas always good for the most part...Pearson 26's were good production boats..lots of 'em out there cheap.....C&C 25 might cost a bit more....There's British-made Westerly 24 down here selling for $2,500 bucks and seems to be in good condition.. a solid hand-built boat...slow but strong...
It all depends on alot... BUT....a cheap smaller boat ...even a 23 footer for $2,500 that is in great condition is way better for a trip down the ICW with short jumps outside than a 25-27 footer for twice that that is in crap condition...
I'd try to stay with a 25-27 footer for that trip...read as much as you can...read this site and others... a good engine is pretty important ( if your still getting the basics down)...as much as sails really ( for your trip)...It will be a nice challenge for you...good luck....!
Last edited by souljour2000; 11-29-2010 at 10:44 PM.