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buying on a tight budget

Thanks in advance for any help or info.
I am currently searching for a new used boat in the 28 to 32 ft range for inland Texas lakes and possible Gulf Coastal and ICW cruising. My current choices are
Beneteau 285, Hunter 285 (1988), Catalina 30, Hunter Vision 32 (accomodations are great but I don't know how she will sail) and an Elite 32 centerboard.
I have read the owners reviews on all but the Elite 32 and would like opinions on all and onfo on the Elite.

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If you're really on a tight budget, I would recommend focussing on the 28' end of the range, since dockage, haul out, maintenance and many other costs are related to the size of the boat.

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Being as you mentioned Inland texas Lakes lural vs an inland texas lake. a larger trailerable boat may be in order also. Not that you could not get a special trailer made for the boats listed and tow it legally around, an 8.5' beam or less makes it a lot easier than the permit process for a boat over 8.5' in width.

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May I suggest the following as a good place to get ideas:
Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere
Also, you might find your sailing objectives to be a bit at odds.
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Agreed on the confilict of interest post. The boats you are looking at are performance boats/cruiser boats. These are not usually tight budget boats and if you do find one cheap, be suspicious. Twenty small boats is an excellent book, probably the best place to start. However that book tends focus more on reliability and budget together.

you are better off in the long run (trust me on this one) to buy a more reliable boat that is smaller if you are on a tight budget. This statement speaks for itself when you consider facts already mentioned like moorage, temporary docking, hauling.

one of the best places to start your search is Boat and Yacht Sales, Buy Boats and Yachts - YachtWorld.com. They have every kind of sailboat and powerboat imaginable. plus articles and such. a really good place to start looking and refine your searches.

Interesting thing about an ocean boating community (if that is indeed where you will put the boat) is that it is very large. Perhaps dont just limit your search to your area, think about trailerable boats too (ie pacific seacraft "flicka" 20 footer). Also consider sailing a boat (or get a friend to go with you who sails) and bring one back. Check it out, you may have your heart set on the Elite, but It would be worth your time to check out other options.

Hope this helps and doesn't sound like party crashing.

Cheers.
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