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Good old boat for newbie

Hello all,
So, I am new to all this. I am wanting a boat I can sail in the Fort Walton Beach/Destin area (panhandle of florida) and maybe take it down to Key West FL sometime (that is down the road). I would like to get a boat my wife and 3 kids can go on (2 17yr olds and a 12yr old) and camp and the like.
I will be staying in the bay for part of the time and then maybe some costal cruising. I have been reading ALOT of books and reading ALOT on here and other places. I would like a boat I can get for around $5K-$7K. I would like something I can sail right away and maybe do a little work on (it doesn't have to be perfect) I am guessing 26-30foot boat and am leaning a lot towards the Macgregor or MAYBE a Cat 27 (ish) type boat.
What I would like to know, is when it comes to old boats, what is a good old boat I can get that will not be a piece of junk or a lost cause to work on and repair.

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Re: Good old boat for newbie

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I would like a boat I can get for around $5K-$7K.

what is a good old boat I can get that will not be a piece of junk or a lost cause to work on and repair.

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With older boats condition usually trumps brand or model. Look for a boat in good overall condition.

An older boat that has been loved by it's owner will allow you to get out sailing and do less maintenance than a "fixer upper" that happens to be the brand someone here recommended (we all have our favorites).

For a first boat I recommend staying with a popular model (the Catalina 27 is actually a good example) because it will make the boat easier to sell down the road.

First time boaters spend a lot of time agonizing about buying the "perfect" boat. But the reality is after a season or two of sailing you'll have a better idea of what's perfect for you. If that means upgrading you'll have an easier time selling a popular model in good condition.

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Re: Good old boat for newbie

Your best bet might be a keel/centerboard boat due to shallow waters in your sailing area. Tartan 27, Morgan 26 or 28. Something sturdy. Not a big fan of Macgregor boats as they tend to be cheaply made. Check out sailboatlistings.com and craigslist for your area and start picking through the ads.

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