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If your in Chicago the first thing you need is a slip or mooring. They can be hard to come by. Second go for proformance, nothing is as bad as spending 100K and having 10K boats zipping past you. Take a sail on a newer J/109, J/105, J/35.
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just in case you are interested I am selling my Hunter 35.5 (95). take a look at the ad on either the hunterowners.com site in the classified section or on boattraderonline.com. Asking 82K very well equipped but would consider offers.

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just in case you are interested I am selling my Hunter 35.5 (95). take a look at the ad on either the hunterowners.com site in the classified section or on boattraderonline.com. Asking 82K very well equipped but would consider offers.

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Why buy the Hunter bath tub (piece of crap)when you could buy a real sailboat, my 1986 Sabre 34 for $85,000 and it is in Chicago already.
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wrt, "Why buy the Hunter bath tub..."
It is possible that many, maybe hundreds of, very satisfied Hunter owners read this message board. I suspect a few may have been offended. Is the remark based on hard first-hand evidence or was it simply good-natured hyperbole comparing it to your Sabre? I''ve sailed on Hunters and believe they are fine boats for their designed purpose. Realistically, few of us ever exceed that same designed purpose anyway! You may agree that there is always something "better", no matter what boat you own.

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What do you think about a Santa cruz 52-63
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Just go out and buy a boat, before your kids donít want to hang out with dad any longer. Owning a boat is all about use. If I read you right, go get a Catalina 34 or 36, the cleanest latest model you can find. Find out how you use the boat and then trade in two years if you need to. Thatís the best thing about a Catalina they are the easiest boat to resale.
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Mark, you have received some good advice and some bad advice. In most cases, well intentioned I''m sure. Since this is your first major boat, I''d go with a smaller budget, as you suggested in the $40-50k range and figure $5k+ for fixup. You''ll have plenty of time to spend the other $50k. First see if the family likes it. Go with a well found boat that holds resale value.

With different needs, I researched for a year and purchased a Tartan 33 for well under 50k and am very happy indeed. My first boat was a 23.5 Beneteau...I then did quite a bit of island chartering etc.

I would be concerned about getting slip in your area...they can be scarce, expensive or both.


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I''m considering having a aurvey done an a 1979 O''Day 30 for possible purchase. I''m a first time sailboat buyer.. What kind of car would that be?
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If it''s in good condition, the Oday 30 comes out ahead of a Yugo in my book.

I''d like to suggest a Tartan 10 (see article in most recent Sailing World) to the originator of this string, or find out what he''s gotten. Great for daysailing, good racing potential, simple upkeep (even trailerable!), and minimum expense for a maximum of boat.
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