I know there are about 1001 similar posts and I've been reading them, I just thought since I finally signed up for a user account that I should actually post something
I am shopping the internet for my first boat. I'm located in the Toronto area so I don't want to go too far from lake Ontario in my search. Looking for some sort of balance between racer/cruiser (who isn't?). My price range is definitely below $10k - as in, I can't spend more than $10k total for boat/transportation/upgrades/etc... this summer. I guess first of all, I want to make sure I haven't overlooked any models that might fit. So far I've been looking at:
Both fast. Niether with standing headroom. K25 class association seems pretty strong in this area though with several regattas each year. I also considered the J24, but it has reportedly even less below than the above two, and always seems to be priced higher.
Mike Hoyt seems to pop alot on these forums mentioning the N26 and it does look pretty good (the OB version anyway). A buddy of mine just bought a C&C27 for about $6k last fall in NY state - though finding another one at that price range has been proving difficult.
I see several of these for sale around here, but have never actually seen an "S2" up close. I guess they are American-made. What's the build quality on these?
Both of these are kinda the ultimate dream racer/cruiser boat, but I haven't seen anything listed for under $20k, so unless somebody knows of a government auction coming up...
Ultimately, I'd love something that I could go FAST in and race competively (either OD or PHRF) but still be capable of say a cruise in the Thousand Islands for a couple weeks at a time.... What other models should I be considering? What questions need to be asked?