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Re: $1500 Catalina 27
The best you can hope for in buying a boat is to actually get what you pay for.
Take your extra cash and buy a nice Cat 27 for $8k, and when you want you can sell it and get most of your purchase price back.
Buy one for $1,500 and when you sell it, you'll be out half or more of the $$$$ you'll put into it, ignoring the weeks or months you spend fiddling rather than sailing.
If you're someone who only comes by wisdom the hard way, then you know what to do.
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