Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: New Kensington, PA
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Looking at 25-30ft boats suitable for weekending on the Great Lakes
Hello. I'm fairly new here. I have some sailing knowledge and own a single-person dinghy that I've been sailing for a bit. I want to do some small-time cruising and sailing with my wife, so I'm looking to get a 25-30ft boat suitable for weekend cruising on the Great Lakes. I'm located a couple of hours away from Erie, PA, so that would likely be my home port.
Our budget for a sailboat is meager, considering that we also need to get a slip and winter storage. I have two boats that I am considering right now that are about in the same price range. One is a 1979 Hunter 25, and the other is a 1975 O'Day 27. Both seem to be ready-to-go (I say "seem" because I have currently only seen pictures, and have not had a survey or personal look at either boat yet). The Hunter is a sale-by-owner, and the O'Day is through a broker. The O'Day is slightly more expensive, but I've had an easier time getting information on the Hunter because the owner is actually responding to my email. The broker on the O'Day has been OK, but generally not all that forthcoming.
I realize that any boat of this age might need some extra care and definitely some extra attention during maintenance time. I would like some honest opinions on these sizes based on my desire for a weekend boat that will live in a slip during the season and will play overnight host to at least my wife and I, and sometimes another couple.
Any opinions are welcome, including, "forget it and just look at pictures."