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Searching for first keelboat
I'm a lifetime sailor, except that lifetime has been spent on Laser's, Laser II's, Blue Jay's, Soling's, etc. Now with little kids, I'm looking for my first keelboat
I expect to make my share of mistakes and I realize I probably don't even know what to look for in a used boat, so I need something to learn on but it also needs to be stable and reliable so I don't scare the family away.
My cruising will be exclusively on Lake Champlain in Vermont/New York
I want to buy something that is inexpensive as I don't really want to care too much about the boat. At the same time, I need to buy smart, so I can get out of the boat and upgrade in a couple years. The late model Hunter's in the range of 28 to 32 keep catching my eye as good family boats to upgrade to.
I would like to do a couple races, but nothing major, the kids are too small to be interested right now and I don't want to turn them off of racing.
So far, the only boat I've come across in my area that meets the "cheap, reliable, performance good enough" criteria is an '82 Oday 28.
From reading owner reviews, it sounds like with the right sails and the right skipper, this boat sails much better than it looks like it should. Is this true?
Are there other boats out there that offer the same forgiving sailing characteristics, roominess (for a 28' boat), the same "bang for the buck" and have lines that still look somewhat modern?
Everything else I've looked at in the 28 to 31 foot range is typically half again or twice the going price of an Oday 28, why is that?