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Hi folks, I just started my search for the perfect (for me) used sailboat and I am hoping to gleam some good ideas and suggestions for everyone. This will be my 3rd sailboat so I am not a complete novice but I am also far from a world class voyager. My parameters are:
1. Fixed keel with a draft closer to 4 feet than 5 feet
2. Bridge clearance less than 50 feet is a must
3 Two comfortable double-berths (wife appeal)
4. Keel or skeg hung rudder
5. Single mast rig
6. Price limit under $120k
My search so far has landed me on boats in the 35-37 foot range. My favorites to date in order of preference are:
1. Island Packet 350
2. Cabo Rico 34
3. Com-Pac 35
4. Calaber 35 LRC
Even though I do not plan to venture into open oceans beyond a possible crossing to the Bahamas, I want a boat capable of more extensive crossings. I look forward to all comments and opinions.
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findrichard,

Have you considered a Nor'Sea 27? Works for all you want including capable of going around the world. AND, can go to weather at 55 MPH. Costs less to sail and way less not to sail. We sailed the San Francisco Bay area last year, will be sailing New Orleans (for Mardi Gras) and on to Florida starting in Feb. Who knows next time.....



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Re: The search is On

Moving away from the attached rudder requirement will open up a lot more options.. esp with a nice budget like that..

But given your list the Caliber LRC stands out for me.
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35' boat, 50' bridge clearance, with a single mast seems like a tough set of parameters. How important is sailing performance?
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Greg,
Ah, yes the Nor Sea 27. I remember looking at that boat back in the mid 80's when I was looking for a trailerable sailboat. It was actually my dream boat back then but financial reality caused me to settle for a Catalina 25 of which I had no complaints except size. Now I will be mooring my next boat just a short row from the house and am thinking I want a bit more room than the Nor Sea offers. What a sweet boat though! Thanks for the memories, are they still in production?
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Thanks for the memories, are they still in production?
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Yes, they are still in limited production. The owner of the company will make one if he likes you. He is now making the Montgomery line (15, 17 & 23).

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Sailing performance is important from a cruising boat perspective. I do not want to get into a racing class boat because comfort and sea-kindly are equally important. I have actually found more than a dozen 35' boats with mast heights below 50'.
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Greg,
Thanks, but new boats are out of my budget, which is why I am looking for quality built used boats of which the Nor Sea 27 is certainly one. I am going to look for them in the used boat market. If there is one close I think I will have to go look.
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Yes, I am a believer that everything has to be overbuilt for the what if, worse case contingencies. If my boat ever drags anchor or breaks free in a storm and ends up on the shore, I would like to be able to pull it off intact as much as possible. Do you have any experience with the Caliber 35 LRC?
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Personally, I would suggest a Hans Christian or Cape George boat. Both are ones I would consider if I was to upsize from my own Nor'sea (which likely won't happen, but doesn't hurt to look ). I've seen some Hans Christians with Pulman berths that might fit what you are looking for too.
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