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post #11 of 15 Old 07-13-2007
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I had a Newport 28 for a few years. I sold it this past spring because I bought a bigger boat. I was very happy with it. It sailed well, had enough space for 5 to spend a night on, etc. Mine was a 1986, so it was newer, but the boats didn't really change.

My only comment is that the prices listed on those boats seems very high. I sold my Newport, with brand new sails (installed spring 2006), Universal M18 diesel engine, GPS / Chartplotter, 2 anchors, self tailing winches, etc. etc. etc. for $14000 US.

Another boat you should consider is the Catalina 27. Lots made, well known, etc.

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Of course it depends on what kind of sailing you want to do. Also, if you're new to sailing, what made you decide to narrow your search down to these three boats? What are your sailing plans? You might want to consider getting a bit more experience on a a variety of boats, so you can figure out what you like in a boat, what you dislike in a boat, and what kind of sailing you want to do. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a boat you hate, or that is too big/small for the type of sailing you want to do... and run a big risk of a loss if you end up selling the boat to get what you really need/want.


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There is a lot of information available on the C&C and the Newport. As far as the Sunstar goes, I think that they might be a Spencer Yachts product, which means tht the boat might have been owner-finished.

You could try logging on to a website called "Sailing Anarchy" and contacting Robert Perry there, as he sometimes posts...
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When I started out sailing I thought that a 25' boat was a good idea so I could handle it. That was wrong. You and I can single hand a 40' boat just as easy as a small one, maybe easier.

The next keel boat was a C&C 30. This was a good boat and big enough for my 6' to stand up in. You have to be able to stand up in a cruising boat. The three of us spent a lot of summers on that boat with some of the trips 6 weeks or more. We got by. It was a good boat.

I looked up where Victoria, BC is and its near that alabaster city Vancouver. Its somewhat like our Long Island Sound there with open ocean not far away. As I said the 30' was adequate when we were younger but it could get rough.

The thing is that, all loaded down with gear, the 30' could not keep up with our friends who sailed 35's. So we got a 35'. It did not cost all that much more than a 30' as we got an older boat. Now we can keep up with just about any cruiser in moderate to light air.

As to the gasoline vrs diesel I would much rather have an Atomic 4 than any diesel. The old C&C 30' had a A4 and it was easy to keep going. We have a diesel now in the 35'.

In summary: Get a bigger boat, those are too small.

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Originally Posted by mickey2007 View Post
Good morning:

We are brand new to sailing and are in the middle of purchasing our first boat. (so many choices -- we are overwhelmed). We have narrowed it down to 3 choices which are all in our price range. I am attaching the links to the boats so you can see pics.

1. A C&C 27 (1972) - In pretty good shape, might need some minor engine tuneups and upgrading in the interior. Has fairly new sails, new bottom coat, recent survey etc. The only thing we don't like is the gas Atomic 4 engine. We have heard this is a good make of boat.
Buy a S.A.L.T.S. Boat

2. A 28 Sunstar (1982) - This boat looks beautiful and is a lot newer. We like the diesel engine and the newer interior. We have not hear much about these boats though, so we're unsure of the quality of this make of boat.
Vela Yacht Sales (Victoria, BC)

3. A 28 Newport (1975) - This boat has a lot of upgrades too. Again, it's a diesel engine which my hubby prefers. I have seen a lot of these boats around, so I assume they are popular and I have heard they are a decent boat.
Vela Yacht Sales (Victoria, BC)

Thanks everyone. We are so green at this, we don't want to make a huge (and expensive) mistake. I would love to hear any feedback or advice you might have on these 3 boats before we buy.

My wife's cousin has a Newport 28 that he has cruised forever and is very happy with. It was designed by C&C, if I am not mistaken.

I like C&C's a lot but if it does not have a diesel and the Newport does, I might lean toward the Newport. I believe they are similar, in terms of sailing ability. I know nothing of the Sunstar.
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