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post #4 of Old 05-15-2011 Thread Starter
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Hello Again,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

Barry, Saberman thank you for your insights.

I agree with that the state of any individual boat is going to be a better measure of quality than the original manufacture.

You're right that there are *lots* of boats in this age range and size, which is actually a bit overwhelming. We've been trying hard to lay out our priorities and for now we're pretty much tied to land and weekend sailing for the next few years - so we're more concerned with sailing characteristics (particularly in light wind) over "live aboard" amenities.

I hadn't even thought about using a broker! I think that would be really helpful given our lack of experience - thanks for the tips.
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