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....Not to mention the fact that it's 10 years newer, comes with a large sail inventory, a real outboard, and costs $200 less than I just sold my Siren for.
Now there's a good pattern to follow for all your future move ups! Well done.

True the Siren is a very smallish boat, and I can see your point for an interim move up. Best of luck!

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I emailed the guy, It's everything I want except standing headroom, but I can overlook that for a boat with the reputation of a Contessa.

Sailingdog, I believe I read in John Vigor's book (20 small boats yada yada) that it has a balsa core on deck, it's something I may have surveyed.
You probably already know this, but tapping a rubber mallet over the deck will let you know if there are any soft spots. Also really look in the cabin for signs of water coming in. $1000 is a great price - if you have the skills and time to fix the boat - and a place to work on the boat.

Only other recommendation I have is to relax when you get to boat to give her the final inspection. Ask the owner if you can have 45 minutes alone and really look everything over. Check the keel bolts, look for cracks on the keel, inspect the thru hulls, rigging etc...

Good luck on the boat.
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I answered a craigslist ad- there was no price given- Ultimately he just wanted the boat to be loved- It's a beautiful 1977 Camper Nicholson 31 with great rigging and a solid motor and I have very little in it. I had to work out some logistic problems for him as the boat was in Rock Hall and most of the gear was in Massachusettes but it was a small price to pay for this boat.

Boats can be hard to sell- it's emotional, sometimes people just want it gone more than they want to get the fair value for it.

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A nicholson 31 is a pretty boat. Fairly seaworthy too IIRC

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I'd say make on offer on the Contessa 26. I've sailed one for a couple of summers and they are great if you like sailing when others are running for cover. Small craft warnings will be your call to hit the lake, great fun.

Ditch the inboard if money is an issue, an outboard will work but failed me in some rough stuff (long shaft needed) and had to sail off a lee shore (could have touched the rocks with a 10' pole!). Lots of good memories.

But if you want to race or do not like being the slow boat on those days when the fair weather brings out the fleet then it may not be love.
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