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post #8 of Old 09-14-2011
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If you have decided on the type and model of boat you wish to own, stay away from the brokers and just buy one private party. They made lots of Ericson's. They are tough boats with lot and lots of fiberglass in them. Not a bad choice for a boat of that size, but then again Columbia 26's cheap, fast and roomy. The biggest decision is to settle for what you want. Then find one that has been loved and care has been taken to keep it in good order. If you seek, ye will find. There is some private party guy out there right now chomping at the bit to upgrade or get out right this second. Everything should always be contingent on a survey. If you find something that looks the part on the topside, when it is hauled out and gone over you will be in a better place to make a deal, and you can re zinc/ bottom paint before you relaunch with true peace of mind.
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