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post #5 of Old 07-27-2011
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As mentioned, the more expensive boat has new sails, a 'rebuilt' (whatever that means) engine with more HP, plus a lot of other nice gear including an inflatable dink w/motor.

The other main difference between the two boats is the fin keel vs shoal keel. If you have any plans of racing, get the deep keel. If you don't, and plan on gunkholing and / or like to anchor close to the beach, the shoal draft will be fine. It just won't point nearly as high as the fin keel.

Of course, ads can be deceiving and one boat could be nice while the other boat is junk. One is being sold by a broker while the other is private sale.

For live aboard comfort, are you going to be in a slip or on a mooring / anchor? Either way, look for hot water (not all boats have that). The boat with raw water cooling (11HP) probably won't make hot water from the engine. What about the electrical systems? Shore power on both? Any sort of refrigeration? How about the galley? One boat has alcohol, which can be difficult to use. What about the other boat? Propane is much easier to use.

Good luck,

Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

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