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post #4 of Old 02-20-2013
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Re: Seeking Opinions To Refine Search

How we did this in our search was to start with a list of our Must Haves in a boat. That eliminated most of the boats on our list. Then a list of Kinda Wants. I highly suggest having your wife also make a list and compare the two. Sounds like you like to entertain so you'll want a boat large enough to accommodate friends. Decide whether the entertainment is only for daysails/dockside (in which case you won't need as much sleeping space below) or whether you want to take the crew out for multi-day trips.

Also, which inland lake? The boats you mentioned would be overkill for, say, Lake Meade, but good for the Great Lakes. Buy a boat that suits the water you'll sail in. Does the lake have ocean access where you'll potentially go offshore or are you limited to the lake itself?

Good luck.

Donna


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