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Northwind 29 - Info Needed

I have an opportunity to buy a 1970 Northwind 29 that is in good condition at a reasonable price. The only problem is that I can not find much information about them online. Does anyone have experience with one of these boats? How does she sail? Likes/Dislikes? Good websites? Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

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Also... Would you consider the fact that there are not a lot of them out there a deterrent to buying one?
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The fact that it's a C&C design is a good start - the 70's was their heyday in design. It has similar lines to our old Viking 28 but with more cabin/headroom. The Viking was a sweet sailing reliable boat, straightforward and served us well for 10 years.

If the boat surveys OK, and you feel up to the cosmetic cleanup, then go for it if the deal makes sense.

I wouldn't worry too much about the rarity of it - if it's a decent boat it's a decent boat - end of story. If it's such a good deal then the risk of reduced resale value won't be a significant issue.

Pay careful attention to the usuals - deck delamination, severe blistering, signs of prolonged leakage from fittings and ports, overloading of mast step, and also take a good look at the centerboard system.
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Thanks faster! I did a thorough once over with a friend and we both thought it was in good overall shape. Gonna have it surveyed next. =) This will be my first boat in over 10 years. I still miss that Columbia 22
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