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Join Date: Sep 2006
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i have been following your saga since ernesto came roaring up the bay and skewered your c&c..and am remined how random these events can be.
i had spent the previous year looking at boats prior to taking delivery of my 1990 sabre 30 on tuesday before ernie came bounding up from the south. i moved her from carters creek on the rappahannock down to horn harbor the next day (mostly in the high 6 knot range to hitting 7.6 at one stretch). that thursday was spent doing everything i knew to make her ready to weather the storm. the only thing i left on was the roller furled jib, and spent considerable time debating taking it down as well. i was lucky..my brother's morgan sank as did my sisters next door neighbors boat. my sisters sabre 34 rode out the storm well..that being said, considering the number of boats i looked at from annapolis down to charleston, i pretty much had my choices down to tartans, CC, sabres and pearsons.
there are a few sabre 28s and 30s, that might be in your price range. the boats are exceptionally well built and still fairly quick without sacrificing the requisite cruising creature comforts. if you want a real screamer, have you thought about a J/29? she's kinda slim on the creature comforts and if you don't mind tiller steering, then she might be worth a look.
as i have been laid up for the past 10 days after having a hernia repaired, i have followed your saga here (not much else one can do while immobilized, so i took to reading threads here and on SA).all in all i think you are far more cicumspect than i would have been had my baby become a piling kebab.
good luck with your search.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest,second is by imitation, which is easiest,third is by experience, which is the bitterest.
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