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Old 07-26-2008
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Make of sailboat to look for

I have been away from sailing for a number of years but I am beginning to feel the urge to re-engage. I used to class race in dingies but occasionally would bareboat charter in the BVI/carribean and San Juan islands (north of Seattle WA.) Since I have been away for so long, I have no idea which boat manufacturer to consider as I look to purchase a quality, used boat. I have seen the list of recommendations in this forum on bluewater cruisers but I am not interested in bluewater. I plan on spending most of my time on the Columbia river (where is can blow like stink and with a usual 4 - 6 knot easterly current.) I may also, depending on the size/displacement of the boat, trailer it up to the San Juans for some protected, inter-island cruising (light winds.) I am thinking of getting something in the 30 ft. range with the space and "creature comforts" that afford more of general cruising/overnight lifestyle. I thinking that I want an in-board diesel (because of the current) but understand that something with a diesel will probably reduce my ability to trailer.
In any case, I would appreciate hearing any recommendations on which sailboat manufacturer I should consider. Thanks.
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Take a look at a Seaward 25 by Hake Yachts. Actually I just looked and now they are making a 26RK. Anyway, I had a friend who had one and he was very pleased. Inboard diesel, tralerable, well built and good accomodations for the size. There was a dealer there in Portland so you might call around though I notice that there aren't any listed there on Yachtworld at the moment.
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