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Hi Folks, I''m on the hunt for my first sailboat for an inland lake with predominantly light air. I''ll be going out this weekend to look at 4 boats. A 1985 hunter 22, a 25 Cal 1976, a 22 Spindrift 1983, and a 70''s chrysler 22 cb -all about the same price, between 2 and $3k. I have a few daysails on O.P.B.''s under my belt, but that''s it, so I don''t even know where my preferences lie. I''d appreciate anyone''s comments on the suitability of these boats for my purposes, (daysailing and occasional camping) and maybe an idea of things to look for (deck rot, excessive weather helm, flimsy ports, whatever you can think of. )when I''m checking them out

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Welcome to the search for your first boat. Looking for the right boat is one of the neatest adventures you can go through in life. Looking at your list none of these are great light air boats. If I had to rate them in order the 1976 25 Cal is probably the best of the three all around, the 1983 22 Spindrift is not a bad little boat either,
1985 hunter 22 was Ok , and but I would scratch the 70''s chrysler 22 on all counts.

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If you are going to trailer, I would drop the Cal 25. That''s a lot to deal with for a first boat trailer sailing. If your going for a slip size is not a huge issue. The Hunter 22 and the 22 Spindrift are fine starter boats.

I would drop the Chrysler from the list. There are a lot of boats to choose from in the 22-24ft range. If you want the trailer sailor excel spreadsheet on trailerable boats just drop me an email and I will forward it to you.

Pop on over and visit the trailer sailors also. Here is the URL.
http://trailersailor.com/forums/trailersailor/
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