Join Date: Jun 2000
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The Practical Sailor's Sailboat Buyer's Guide is excellent. Besides having a general overvies that can be quite helpful, its articles go into specific details on a great number of boats by many different builders. If a particular design you're interested in isn't there, another design by the same builder probably is, and can give you a good heads up on what types of problems to be on the lookout for. Even the best built boats are examined and potential trouble spots identified. Also excellent is Marine Surveyor Hewitt Schlereff's 1985 book "How to buy a sailboat". He goes through the entire process, starting with what your sailing plans are, construction methods and practices, mechanical and electrical systems, and how to negotiate pricing. Have fun!