Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Lake Michigan
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Paceship Northwind 29'
You mention that you are looking only on the coasts. Have you thought about a great lakes boat that has not spent it's life in saltwater and is usually in the water only 5 or 6 months of the year? Most either covered or stored indoors out of season. Since it sounds like you're planning your life around the boat (which I applaud!) It would seem to me to be very wise to get a fresh water boat and sail/motor it to wherever you really would most prefer to be. Right out the St. Lawrance, the NY canals, or a quick trip down the Mississippi/Ten Tom. There are many great boats here on Lake Michigan that have never seen the heavy weather storms that the coastal boats are hit with.
I do have one friend selling a Paceship Northwind 29'er for around 9k. The paceships are great boats, this one specifically designed by C&C and built in Nova Scotia. Extremely solid and pure pleasure to sail.
There are quite a few around here that would be great boats for you though.