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Hi,

I am a newbie. I have played around with a buddy on a SJ 26 this summer and really enjoyed it. I have even done OK in it alone.

I am on the southern Oregon coast.

Now I am trying to learn about the field of used boats under 30 feet as I search for a boat of my own. What should I be looking for and what are the best designs. I like the way the SJ reacts. But I also understand there may be more modern designs. I am 6'2" and that is an obvious point of demarcation for headroom and bunks. But it is not a deal killer for me.

Please humor me with suggestions and your preferences.

sdodd
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Not too many boats under 30' are going to have 6' 2" of head room. Some will have berths long enough for you to fit in comfortably, and that is probably more important than full standing headroom IMHO. What is your budget?? That has a lot to do with what boats you can look at... and will you'll be sailing in the ocean or on in-land waters???
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Not too many boats under 30' are going to have 6' 2" of head room. Some will have berths long enough for you to fit in comfortably, and that is probably more important than full standing headroom IMHO. What is your budget?? That has a lot to do with what boats you can look at... and will you'll be sailing in the ocean or on in-land waters???
I do know that a SJ28 is reported to have 6'2" headroom. But that is not my only consideration.

My budget has more to do with value than absolute amounts. When I buy things I like to think I can get my money out on resale. I am seeing SJ28s in 48North at about 12K. I bet I could get them for quite a bit less cash.

I am in Coos Bay Oregon. This is a big bay with both north/south and east/west ranges where you can play around real well. But of course the NW Pacific is right across the bar. It can be mild out there sometimes but of course it can be very rough. I've been out there a lot in small boats and once under sail.

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Just remember asking price and selling price are usually quite different.
Yes, I have been told that. Once the new wears off any boat is a big problem to maintain and sailboats can be limited for a family fun vessel.

Still wondering what the most experienced owners can teach me about which boats are best.

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I have an Irwin and I love it. Great used boat.
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Morgan O/I 28

Strong boat that can handle more than most of us have the nerve to sail into. It has good headroom and the price is decent.
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I would look at the Ericson 27-30+. They are great boats and built on the west coast so probably pretty available to you.
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Bristol 29.9 maybe

I'm 6'6", and sleeping catty-corner in the (unshared) v-berth of my Bristol 29.9 works fer me. Probably not a good sea-berth, but so far I've stuck to daysailing so that hasn't been a problem. I think the port settee berth, which pulls out to double size, would also suit me, but I haven't tried it yet. On hot sticky Chesapeake nights I prefer sleeping in the cockpit.
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