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post #221 of Old 02-18-2013
The Garbone
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

One window on the Catalina leaks, found out our first night on anchor in a 25 knot wind and rain. Happens to drip right on my pillow in the quarter birth. Go figure. She is a simple boat and sails well, the more we sail her the happier we are with her performance. As a bonus, I will not be able to go full time for another 11 years and the savings of 9 feet or so in slip fees over the next 8 years more than pays for the cost of the 27.

Tartans vary on teak, I have seen some with lots and some with a little. There was a Blackwatch for sale with teak cabin sides a few hundred miles away last summer before I bought our 27. I think if we had went to look at her in person that would have been it. A beautiful boat. I would prefer one with less teak myself but they do look good. You can get into one for less than $35k here in Florida.

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