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this is a bit off from the sloops you''ve been looking at, but friends of mine have just spent 59 days sailng this summer on their 1986 Freedom Cat Ketch. They went from Oyster Bay, NY to Block Island; Nantucket; Martha''s Vineyard etc...

I met them in Block Island for the Freedom Rendezvous and got to race on a Freedom Cat Schooner. We took first in our division. Both the Ketch and Schooner have Pearson designed hulls and are very fast, easy to sail and very manageable in heavy air.

I recently had an opportunity to sail the Cat Ketch in 20+ knot winds on the north shore of LI and was absolutely amazed at how well balanced the boat is. We had both the mizzen and main up with single reefs and we flew. When the puffs came, we just heeled another 2 degrees and kept sailing straight ahead. Their was rarely a tendency to round up.

They are selling the boat for $83,000 (Buc and Nada show values of $89k to $92K). This boat is in truly Bristol condition, inside outside and underwater. I would definitley classify this boat as blue water capable.

If you''re interested, contact me at CaptainRonBVI@aol.com and I''ll get you more information.

Captain Ron
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One minor point, neither Freedom was designed by either of the Pearson brothers.The schooner was actually designed by Ron Holland, the ketches (depending on which model) was designed by either Gary Hoyt or Halsey Hereschoff.

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Another minor point: the Pearson''s were cousins, and the confusion may be that Everett''s Tillotson-Pearson Co. (now TPI) at one time made the Freedom line of boats, but no more.
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It is encouraging to see that there are still Americans with a 100k budget
at this time of economic crisis.
Whatever it is consider yourself lucky to be in the position to choose, however there is a big problem with the choices.
when you invite everyone to get in on your act, you just plain loose control of your emotions.
You are going to be soleley responsible for the choice of vessel you make, and in the end, your boyfriend will probably will have to scratch his head when the time comes to write the check.
Hell enjoy the ride, go and look and stop worrying so much about perfection, it just plain does not exist.
You will in the end buy what you are destined to buy regardless of all this retoric, just make the decision overcome your fear and plunge.
If you mess up, the first time you will just have to do it agian. Sailing is fun, don't take the pleasure out of buying your boat because you decide to be knitpicker.
Plunge!
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"It is encouraging to see that there are still Americans with a 100k budget at this time of economic crisis."

Maybe not - you replied to a post 8 years old.
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Maybe not - you replied to a post 8 years old.
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I have a Catalina 320 and been lots of times in 15-20 feet seas in the coast of Chile. Winds above 30knots. I always felt safe. I know plenty of things can go wrong but hey, after all, it is part of sailing. I am confident enough that will make an offshore passage in march with 5 other boats. It will be a "controlled" situation. The thing that worries me more is the draining of the cockpit and the big companionway door. I am definitely will do some work there. Being alone offshore for long periods of time...not sure.
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My wife and I have sailed a 2001 Bavaria 37 on lake erie for 4 years and have been very happy with the boat. Several of our friends own Beneteaus and the quality of the build on the Bavaria seems superior especially the interior wood work. We recently purchased a CAL 49 and will be moving onto it in SC in 18 months. The Bavaria can be seen on

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