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Location: Rehoboth Ma
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Re: Moving up in size. Suggestions?
Okay, starting up an old thread and thanks again for the earlier suggestions.
I sold the Viking back in November and have looked at a number of boats.
A couple C&C 37+s, (we kind of like these but the raised cockpit for that nice aft cabit makes them feel very deep. Like your dropping down into a cavern and the portlights are above my wife's line if sight which really makes it feel cavernous for her)
a Tartan 40, (Made an offer but couldn't close the deal. Over priced for the amount of upgrading needed after purchase)
A couple Sabre 38s and a Sabre 425 (all of them were kind of rough and priced high considering the investment they'd need after purchase),
a Tartan 372 (Nice boat but the one I looked was WAY over priced),
A Jeanneau 40 (I've pretty much ruled these out to my wife's dismay.)
A tartan 3500 (too tight and dark below)
So, After a ridiculously horrible winter here in Massachusetts, I'm finally out and looking again. I've come across a Catalina 38. Its an old IOR design by S&S. the wife is okay with it. It is not our dream boat, as the stern is little pinched, no separate shower or walk thru transom. However, the cockpit is noticeably bigger than we had, the interior is much bigger than we had, The head is much bigger than we had, the price is at a point where we we could nicely update just about everything right out of the gate. I'm imagining that she'll handle very much like the Viking being they are both same era IOR designs. These boats are built to a very high standard. I've heard people call them "overbuilt." I'm close to throwing in an offer but just a little hesitant. I know if we bought this boat, sailing would be out for this season but next year, we'd have a nicely updated classic! The downside is, we'd probably upgrade again in a few years, these aren't the most sought after boats out there and I'll take another hit financially selling her. But that is what it is I guess. I think the viking fell into the very same category so I think there is always going to be buyers for nicely updated boats. Most people wait till everything like sails and standing rigging are at the end of they're usable life when selling. So, I boat with known dates on things like that are going to have some appeal if priced right.
Seems to still be a buyer's market out there. At least for the boats that interest me. Many have been on the market since last summer and are going through price reductions from my observations. I think the new boat market has picked up a bit and that has added some used boats to the market. However, I'm basing that on nothing but my own observations. I have no data to back any of that up.
South Coast, MA