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Introduction and Question

Good evening all. My name is Bob from SE Wisconsin. I am new to sailing and looking for my first boat. I'm 53.

Our sailing will be mostly Lake Michigan and odds are the boat will be on a mooring during the sailing season. As newbie I'm expecting primarily day sailing relatively close to shore for a long time, and maybe the occasional overnight sail up to Port Washington or down to Racine or Chicago. Eventually I think I'd like to try racing.

I've found a 74 Helms 25 locally, with trailer, for under $1000. No motor and she needs some TLC, but overall I believe she is sound. I've got a friend who has a lot of experience with sailboats and restoration who is going to take a look at it for me, but he's not familiar with the Helms.

Any opinions on what the range of value for a 74 H25 is? I realize thats a broad question, so I think the real question is, when I factor in purchase price and whatever I have to invest in her, "how much is too much"?

Any unique Helms quirks I should look for, weak spots, common problems?

Any opinions on how this boat will be for Lake Michigan?


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