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Hi all,
have been shopping seriously for an older sailboat for the Chesapeake Bay. Right now I am considering a Morgan 32 or a Cal 35, both from the 1980s.

I have considered looking at a Cape Dory 30 motorsailor, but I figure that it would be a poor sailor(?). And I may look at an Irwin 34 (have not seen one up close in years).

Anyone want to chime in with some comments?

I have owned a few sailboats in the past, but none as old as what I am looking at (20 yr or more), so I am moving slow on this purchase.

I want 5 ft draft or less, probably want to avoid a centerboard, and just want to do some serious gunkholin'.

Many thanks for any comments you send my way.
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A Golden Hind might be a good choice for you, especially if you're looking to gunkhole and don't want a keel/CB boat. The Golden Hind is a 31' twin keeler, which has a relatively shallow draft.
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Salty...I would focus on lighter, faster boats for the light airs of the Bay. Certainly not Cape Dory's. The Irwin35Citation would seem to be the best older boat I can think of to meet your needs and budget range. Nice sailing boats! The Cal 35 would be suitable as well and it is a nice boa but it will be slower.
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The Golden Hind is definitely not a fast boat... But your definition of gunkholing and mine may differ significantly.

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gunkholingCruising in shallow water and spending the nights in coves.
I like to gunkhole as well... and have a trimaran for that very reason... there are places I can go, no keelboat would dare try and follow...

BTW, what is your budget in the project...that might help exclude certain boats..
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Dawg...I think his definition of gunkholing is "I want 5 ft draft or less" mine is "I want 6' or less" !
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I don't consider that gunkholing... I draw 14" with the centerboard up... and that's gunkholing...
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I gunkhole also, but in places with room for 10' ....
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Hi again,

My idea of gunkholing is where a boat can go whose draft is 5 ft or less... (the Morgan 32 draws 4 feet).

My budget is 25 to 50k, size 35 ft or less........ a cheaper boat, I would expect to spend some money on it. If it costs 50k, I want it to be in good shape.


Thanks for the inputs, keep it coming!
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I'd go for a Flicka with that budget. Little over 3' draft.
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I got a nice Newport 30' for sale. Draft 4' 9"
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