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Does anyone happen to know about, or have a good reference for information about a Sunwind 35 (1990)? I have checked all my typical resources, including the Boat Reviews on this site, and can't even find basic information about the boat. There seem to be very few out there. In particular, I am interested in relative quality, and what these boats were designed for (e.g. club racing, coastal cruising, etc.). I have not yet checked Mauch's sailboat guide, but have pretty much exhausted other resources. Thanks for any information, opinions, directions, etc.
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Apparently a Scandinavian design, typical euro interior.. this one looks pretty nice and clean.

Pluses: Easy-to-manage frac rig, easy to maintain wood-free exterior (as far as you can see) and a decent layout.

minus: the cockpit looks to be on the smallish side, but that's how you get the interior volume, of course.

It looks like there are masthead versions out there as well (according to the foreign language sites).

I'd get a real good surveyor and judge the boat on its merits - nothing wrong with having a quality "unique" vessel unless flipping it is in your plans. If this is a long term purchase and it checks out, go for it. The example in laSalle looks good in the pics!
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Thanks. I'm not looking to "flip" the boat, but am reluctant to get into a "rare" boat to hold onto if the parts, supplies, and support are also unusually rare. Good advice about the survey as well, although I have found some surveyors like to use a Brand's reputation as a starting point - only natural I guess.
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Yes, surveyors are human, and some can be narrow minded in that regard.

Still, a sound vessel is a sound vessel regardless of how "common" it is. And many "common" vessels are not so sound.....

As for parts, most parts you'll likely need will not be manufacturer's parts - more likely rigging, tackle, and engine parts etc. Most of these needs will be filled by aftermarket suppliers, and I'm assuming the engine will be a Volvo or Yanmar, for which parts are not problem (if not inexpensive) True, you may not get the support that the Catalina group have, but I'd hope that the need for that support is not great.

There is something to be said for sailing a (quality) boat that is not just another "Benehuntalina".

She looks in good form, the asking price seems reasonable... I'd say it could be a decent buy barring any major flaws found.
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