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Did you ever buy a boat you were not looking for?

I did. I have been looking at boats in the 28 to 32 foot range for a while now. The dreaded marina secret of "Rot in The Water" has turned me away from many deals..Out of the blue I bought a 22 foot Columbia with a standard keel.I was not even looking at tha size. She is built like a tank.The previous owner and I took her out in a moderate breeze with 3 foot seas and I bought her own the way in)..
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You'll probably have more fun, do more sailing and spend less than most of your peers. Congratulations! Remember to appease the gods with a tot of rum off the bow.
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Did you ever buy a boat you were not looking for?

only 4 out six times congrats on the columbia
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You'll probably have more fun, do more sailing and spend less than most of your peers. Congratulations! Remember to appease the gods with a tot of rum off the bow.
Yep I recommend you do that too just a little differently...every time Im on my boat..I Down the brew and give thanks to God for my many Blessings..
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I did. I have been looking at boats in the 28 to 32 foot range for a while now. The dreaded marina secret of "Rot in The Water" has turned me away from many deals..Out of the blue I bought a 22 foot Columbia with a standard keel.I was not even looking at tha size. She is built like a tank.The previous owner and I took her out in a moderate breeze with 3 foot seas and I bought her own the way in)..
Congrats! I did the same with my Catalina actually. I didn't do research or anything - just found it was solid and ready to go, after the test sail wrote the check and it was mine. Bought on the spot. It was a great teacher as well and while now I have that plus my Barberis - I would not of gotten the latter had it not been a cheap and reliable initial purchase to begin with on the C-27.

Enjoy the learning process and have fun! Again Congrats!
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Yea.. I was chasing down every Catalina 42 I could find to look at closer and then walked by a Caliber 38 for sale taht was on land .. looked up at it, walked around it.. found a ladder and climbed up, was able to get inside and all the important things to me in a boat just clicked.

Called my broker, went looking at a newer Caliber 40 in Baltimore the next day and two weeks latter we were doing the seatrial. - no regrets..
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