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Determining which boat to buy/start off with

I am a new sailor. USed to be a class V whitewater kayaker but now want to pick up not as consequential sport. I just moved down to Delray Beach, FL and will be attending graduate school. I have been getting time on a 46 foot boat. I can raise and lower main, jib, and mizzen sail. Can steer while under sail, opened a couple bridges, and am learning to keep track of tides. I'd like to start off with a a boat between 25 and 27 feet that my girl and I can do weekend trips on. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any boats under that size that sleep 4 you think? Thanks

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Re: Determining which boat to buy/start off with

Burke (nice to know your name)

Some suggestions were given in the chat, but you might also want to look at this section of the forum:

Learning to Sail - SailNet Community

Others have asked the same question and you will get more information than what we gave.
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Re: Determining which boat to buy/start off with

My husband and I learned to sail on a 24' boat but ended up buying a 30' S2 as our first boat because we could take the kids or another couple out for long weekends and be comfortable.
We have since moved up to a bigger boat but were happy for many years with that S2. I suggest evaluating what you will do with the boat and then buying on the big side...if the budget allows.
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Re: Determining which boat to buy/start off with

Big question for you...what's your budget look like, not just for the initial purchase, but the day to day expenses you will run into, slip fee, insurance, upgrades, maintenance and repairs, etc.
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Re: Determining which boat to buy/start off with

well,the budget is not available right now. I am a broke graduate student, so after two years my budget will be between 5 and 10K. Me and my girlfriend would like a 25 or 27 foot boat for weekenders and to bring another 2 people if room is allowed.
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Re: Determining which boat to buy/start off with

I'm obviously biased, but a Catalina 27 is very roomy and would fit the bill pretty good. A Cat 25 would be snug for 4 but doable. While O'Day's are no longer made, still a good boat to look at.
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