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Help me find a boat for next year

Hi. Next year I am going to get a bigger boat and I would like to start dreaming. Here are some things I would like the boat o hve and maybe ou guys can send me some favorites so I can start looking online.

Less than $20k

Over 28 feet

The less stuff that can break the better. So I really don't want alot of complex electric halyards or whatever

Sturdier than a coastal but doesn't have to be full blue water

Easy to set up windvane. Tracks very well

No gas inboard. Reliable make of engine. Very high priority.

Fin keel

Not a tall rig, handles heavy weather well

Crisp, clean spacious interior. I would rather have a smaller newer boat than a shabby out of style one, but I find alot of 70's-80's boats attractive.

No huge freeboard so it looks like a whale. I would like it to look sleek and racy but will not race so it doesn't have to be a race boat

No canoe transom

Mid to high beam

No center cockpit
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

First one that comes to mind is a Gary Mull Ranger 33:




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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

Ericson 35 Mark II if you can handle the Funky Stern. Can be had for less than 20 and more than one have been successfull in the transpac although they probably had a lot more than 20 invested in them.
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

Both of those suggestions are awesome and I will look into them both more. I got to spend some time on a ranger 33 this summer. And of course I had its little brother. I saw a couple Ericsons in the 30's but not as extensively.
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"canoe transom"?
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

Isn't that when the back of te boat is tapered and has alot of overhang? Canoe stern?
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

I wouldn't say a "lot of overhang".

If you are referring to double enders, i.e. boats with points on both ends then there is no "transom".

A canoe stern is one form of double ender.
All canoe stern boats are double enders.
All double enders do not have canoe sterns.

That's how I see it. I have designed a number of canoe sterned boats and I am pretty comfortable with my definitions. But its just my opinion.

Faster made a good suggestion. The Ranger 33 is a great sailing boat.
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

I am also liking the looks of an Alberg 30. Experiences? Any Hans Christians I should consider or are they too pricey?

I'm going to keep this next one by the way, so its not just a summer boat so I do need to really like it. The ranger 23 was more of an. I have a $5000 budget boat that I'm going to use and sell.
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Drop the price restrictions. Look for your dream boat and then see how close you can come within your bedget.
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Re: Help me find a boat for next year

I hear you. But my real dream is to be sailing next summer. The boat is secondary. Honestly. If its 30 feet an in great shape, they are all my dream boat.
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