Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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must have boat!
Ensign would be good for family outings. It''s a dependable boat that won''t cost much to keep running (unless it becomes completely worn out, and falls apart.) The cockpit is pretty comfortable, there''s a cuddy to keep things dry, and it doesn''t draw much, so you could exlpore a good bit of Gardiner''s Bay and Shelter Island. Another boat that might be more fun to sail would be a J/24. It''s cockpit isn''t as comfortable, but the deck is good for lounging, and there are berths down below for perhaps weekending over to New London or Mystic. It draws a little more than the Ensign, but can be a blast to sail. J/24''s in your price range will be pretty tired, but should still hold together well enough. There will probably be lots of sails if the boat''s been raced. Have ANY boat you''re thinking about purchasing surveyed to make sure it''s a reasonable investment, first. (You don''t want to find out the keel''s about to come off the day after you sign the paperwork!) Have fun!