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Help! Buying a boat
A couple of add''l thoughts...
1. Since you''re in Florida, a visit to the Florida Catalina plant might be useful, as you can find out what support still exists for the model boat you''re considering, how the model changed over time, etc.
2. I think the advice you''re getting about ''think resale'' is especially worthwhile; if you can''t find a model of interest to you in relatively large supply in your area, it will make selling it at a later date more difficult.
3. I''ll ditto the comments on Bayliner''s products. Lousy rep and tough to sell.
4. You don''t tell us how you''re going to use the boat OR whether shallow draft is especially important to you; both would be helpful data points.
If I were shopping in your size & price range, I would add a Vega 27 to the list. Swedish (and very well) built, beautiful handling sailboat but with offshore capability (for that trip to Dry Tortugas), 4'' draft, and a very functional cockpit & interior (tho'' without all the performance-robbing beam of some designs, so not as roomy). Regretably, they''re somewhat difficult to find these days - and therefore I''m contradicting some of my own advice. But what a dream of a sailboat (it was our first).
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