Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Charleston, SC
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I've been looking at theses three boats for awhile, the PSC 24, 27 and the Shannon 28. I really like the Shannons the best, but they are more expensive for the oldest boats of the bunch. I like the keel stepped mast and I think 28 is a good size for me.
The 27 is an older boat also but you can find some mid to upper 80 models and some sell for a better price than the Shannon. If you wait and shop around a little the price fluctuates. Whereas the Shannon's have been pretty constant and going up in price, which would make a good resale value. You just wonder how long someone is going to pay $50,000 for a boat aging over 25 years. Also financing and insurance can be tough on an old boat.
The Dana may be the best buy, newer boat at a comparable price to the others. Smaller so cheaper maintanence costs and dockage. Trailerable. You just have to be able to deal with 24 feet. If three deals of each boat popped up and I had to choose, I would be at a loss. When I buy I'll buy whichever is the best deal. There is a cheap Orion on Yachtworld at the moment I'm keeping an eye on. Good Luck