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Question Asking for opinions... (could be dangerous :-p)

Hello,

New to the forum, but returning to my sailing roots. I haven't actually got the budget up just yet but I'm looking at picking up a used sailboat, probably somewhere in the 30' range, and was wondering if people would be willing to share their opinions as to the best makers and/or models to look at.

At the moment, I live in central california, but I'm looking at probably moving back up to the Seattle area as soon as I can.

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Are you going new, or used? what style of cruising? or racing? That is a real loaded question.

I would recomend reading two books, Worlds best sailboats by frenc mate. Granted some, even he admits, will dissagree with his choices, but still, for what he tried to do, they are good reads.

Some will say stay away from Hunters, frankly, most everyone if not all of the folks I know with them, luv them for what they are. I like my Jeanneau, others like Catalina's. Some like Camradarie, likes his Tayana, frankly, it is not my cup o tea for the type of sailing I do, but if in his shoes, it may very well be what I would have choosen............

Get on as many as you can, feel them out, something will show up that you can like, do not worry about my opinion or any one elses. Personally, I like the DEEEEEEEEEEP fin keel racer cruisers, if below 6' of draft, it is too little, hence my Jeanneau at 5.5' is a bit shallow, but for its size, 29.5' it is reasonably deep. New boats, I like teh look of the Dehler 34, X34 or 35, a slightly used Jeanneau Sunfast 35 or 37 would be nice too. But those would be for my use, probably not yours.

Enjoy looking for your new boat.

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Sorry, let's see if I can clarify lol.

Most likely going used due to budget constraints. Probably not going to race, was thinking it would be nice to live aboard (it's just me, myself, and I) and maybe go out cruising on weekends with friends and family. I'm also kind of excited since my parents are looking to move back aboard a boat of their own (thus my comment about getting back to my roots).

Eventually I was thinking it might be fun to do some longer distance trips, but I'm also thinking that might want to wait until I get crewing single handed and/or a bigger boat under my belt :-)

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Looking for the perfect boat!!!
I echo Marty's advice. Get out on as many as you can and enjoy the search! When you do buy, beware! You will want another, bigger, faster, more roomy one soon enough.
I found that just getting out there is fun. I have owned several, from 12' through 42' (all wooden ones). Loved them all, yet all had faults. If I could, I'd own several different ones to satisfy the different moods and dreams. However, the best one is one you can maintain with your eyes closed, the one you would want under you in any situation, the one you are proud of, and the one that brings you the most fun for your hard earned dollar and sweat.
Keep us posted in your search!
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For me, the long (or modified full) keel boats have it.
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