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Old 11-29-2011
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I like the Silhouette better than the O'Day--just in terms of the solidity of the boat. As others have pointed out, if you just want to go a little bigger, there are plenty of great 22's out there. I see the Catalina's everywhere, and they seem to get sailed a lot. I guess that is my reason for the preference. The O'Days that I see are rarely off their moorings. So the truth is I have no great reason for my preference other than, when I was looking for a boat, I didn't think the O'Days were as well built or designed as the other boats I looked at.

I looked at a LOT of boats.

I also agree with the folks who said "get a boat and sail for a while." If you use CL as your broker you will probably get about the same $$$ back as you put in to purchase it. I bought a 16' day sailer (AMF Sundbird) and we sailed that happily for two years. Then I heard a lot of complaints about tippiness and "facilities" and I purchased a considerably bigger boat. Turns out that I LOVED both boats and my family was unimpressed either way. Sail and see what happens for short money would be my advice!
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