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oh yeah, Just for info. It looks like there is a 200' plus megayacht aground in Charleston harbor in the south channel just off the battery in front of Plum Island (at least it was this afternoon). Maybe I need to run the skiff out and see if they're looking for a Licensed Master with some local knowledge.
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Well Charleston John, where are you planning on keeping this boat? Daniel Island, Johns Island, Wild Dunes, "Toler's Cove", Patriot's point? Some of the marinas around town have a draft issue, some don't definately want to take the draft into account, as you know 6' can definately be pushing it when trying to go down the ditch. Good luck in your search.

If you look at a 2 cabin boat, you definately want something where you are not sitting on top of the missis as much as you can, because as you know it gets very very hot and humid.
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SCoffshore, Gonna try and put it at a private dock, but it may or may not work out (Bohicket Creek or the Stono). I'm on the south side of town so it would probably be in the Ashley if I go to a marina. Charleston County Marina at the old navy base is the cheapest in town (long waiting list), but I don't know think I would care to much for the view.
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Well Charleston John, where are you planning on keeping this boat? Daniel Island, Johns Island, Wild Dunes, "Toler's Cove", Patriot's point? Some of the marinas around town have a draft issue, some don't definately want to take the draft into account, as you know 6' can definately be pushing it when trying to go down the ditch. Good luck in your search.

If you look at a 2 cabin boat, you definately want something where you are not sitting on top of the missis as much as you can, because as you know it gets very very hot and humid.


Isn't that the point of being on top of the missus...

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Seriously consider isail's recommendation

FWIW, I agree with isail's call to look for a J-boat. They are superior sailing boats. I am biased, as I own a J/28 (a cruising J with full teak interior), which I sail in the Chesapeake. Having lived in SC for 15 years, I am familar with Charleston Harbor and the ICW and believe you'd find the flexibility of a J to be perfect for the range of coastal cruising conditions you describe. The J/30 is a tad bigger and as another poster mentioned, is tiller steered, which may or may not suit you. I prefer a wheel, which the J/28 has, as it is modeled off the J/40 cockpit. In the size range you are looking, try finding a saloon with a fold up table - you'll appreciate the extra space with guests aboard.

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The J30 argument has some merit. Coming form Laser sailing you will want a quick, responsive boat, not a traditional full keel as I believe the Cape Dory's and 1960's era Pearsons are. I think the J is kind of short on comfort though and you can find a better "compromise".
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