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so many boats to choose from!!!!
So, yeah, as the title of the tread implies, I''m looking to buy a boat. I''m going to be sailing mostly on the Chesapeake, with the occasional (once, MAYBE twice a year, good weather, etc) offshore jaunt up or down the coast. So I''m thinking I need something with a relatively shallow draft, good light air ability, but still sturdy enough that my confidence doesn''t go in the pooper when I exit the bay. Budget about 35k, maybe up to 40 if the boat is loaded and I won''t need to put much into it. So, here''s the list of boats that I''ve managed to come up with based on that, but I don''t know too much about their reputations. If I''m just waaaaay off base here then someone please set me straight. All models are early to mid 1980''s:
C&C 34, 32
Hunter 34 (I know, hunters have a bad rep, but I recall someone saying that their quality used to be much better)
san jaun 34
beneteau first 32
elite 32 (heard some bad things here, but what the hell, that''s what the board is for)
dufour 3800 (strange name for a 32 footer)
jeanneau attalia 32
I''m a pretty experienced sailor, but I haven''t sailed that many different boats, mostly smaller day sailors and larger cruisers/racers that are way out of my price range. So if I''ve included any lemons, don''t jump all over me. Thanks for any input!