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Caliber 28 vs. Island Packet 27 vs. Com-Pac 27

A couple years back I was lurking/posting here and got some great suggestions regarding living abroad and cruising.

In the past two years we bought a small house, had a baby, and revised our plans. Rather than looking at a 37' to 42' cruisers, we are limiting our search for a first boat to smaller boats--probably 27' to 34'. Ideally, we'd like to find an older boat in good condition, for under $30,000.

Most of our sailing will be in the Chesapeake Bay, but we hope to cruise as well. Possible destinations include the ICU, east coast, or Caribbean. So we strongly prefer a boat that is stout enough to allow us to plan a few adventures further afield. Of course we also hope to fit three people--two adults and a little boy--on the boat, albeit with careful planning/rationing and no expectation of privacy.

So far, we’ve identified a few boats we want to know more about. In each case there’s a boat on the market within our budget that we
could consider:

-Com-Pac 27
-Caliber 28
-Island Packet 27

(We talked about Orions. But those seem a little pricey for budget ...)

Thoughts? Experiences? If you have a hands-down favorite, that would be good to know too. Any other boats to consider?

Last edited by seaparrot; 10-19-2012 at 04:41 PM.
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