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WOW! OK, I get the point that you all reeeeeally don't like Lookie-Lous, even us honest up front ones! And I do understand your point of views.
So then, help us out here....how do we know what make and model of boat we are looking for without actually viewing them? Yes, we have narrowed the field down considerably based on the kind of sailing we want to do, and the locations we want to sail in. And we have put in the time with Yachtworld looking at what is available within our budget range. But the first few boats we looked at were way too small for our needs......looked great online, but a whole other story in person. Then we looked at quite a bit larger boats, and felt they were more than we could comfortably handle. This is when we decided we had to actually view the boat in person to really know if it is a candidate.
The boat show suggestion is great if you are looking for a new boat....that is not in our budget. (And boat shows around here consist of bass boats, pontoons, and ski boats!) We are looking for a 20-30 year old blue water boat that we can spend some time fitting out while learning the boat.
So, in all sincerity, how do we find 'the' boat without viewing, in person, the options? Like I said before, we are always up front about 'just looking at this time' so there is no confusion.
Thank you all for your input! We are on a steep learning curve here, and value your thoughts and suggestions!