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Jeff -

Thanks for the input on the Endeavors. I looked at an O''Day 30 with the drop keel. I looks like a good boat. But from what I have heard it is not considered to be of the same quality build as the 1970 Ericson or the 1981 Mariner (which are the two boats I am considering most right now). Do you believe this to be true? A broker also suggested I look at a Tartan 33 as an alternative. Thoughts? Of all the boats I have seen to-date, I really like the two I have mentioned. Though the age of the Ericson concerns me, but it has been meticulously maintained and is in the best condition of all the boats I have seen. It exemplifies what I would expect any boat, let along one of this vintage, to look like. I enjoy the clasic look of the Ericson. I am not looking to race, but I don''t want to be the last one to the dock everytime I go out either. Care to comment?
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I think that I have provided comment on the Ericson. The Mariner and and the Oday are pretty similar quality, each with their own defects and advantages.

The Tartan 33 (not a Tartan 10) is a very nice boat with good sailing characteristics. I had recommended the 31 foot version of this boat to a friend 4 or so years ago and it has proved to be a super boat for his needs. This was his first boat having juts gotten into sailing. He sails out of Long Island Sound and has taken the boat as far as Maine and back and to date has nothing but praise for the boat, although he has done a fair amount of upgrading for that kind of useage.

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As for a slip, the first thing I''d do is decide on the area that''s suitable (for example Galesville, Herrington Harbor, the south shore of the Patapsco River, meaning Pasadena, MD, etc.) and then start looking. You''ve said you''re in northern Va as I recall, so decide which area makes the most sense to keep the boat.

Then, try posting emails here for slips or marinas, or sign up for the Chesapeake Bay email list here on Sailnet and ask there. I guarantee that you''ll get some good leads.

Finding out about private slips can be more of a problem. Look for ads in the Annapolis Capital newspaper, and ask around. Word of mouth seems to be how a lot of those are discovered.

Also, once you decide on an area, go driving around using something like the Port Book,or even the Ches. Bay magazine cruising guide for the bay as a resource for where the mainas are. Some of the smaller ones may not be listed but you can find them by driving around, looking and asking. Sailors like to talk, so don''t be bashful.
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Rookie,
My! You''ve certainly gotten a lot of advice! So here''s mine. I have a MacGregor 26 made in 1995, the last yeat that they made them, I believe. It''s a true sailboat not the new 26X motorsailer. She''s self-righting, unsinkable, water ballasted, trailerable (comes with one), and sleeps 5 or 6. She has a swing keel and draws 15 inches when up, about 6 feet when down. Great for the bay.
The 10 hp outboard engine allows for a queen berth in the stern under the cockpit where the diesel would be. There''s also a small closed compartment for a port-a-potty (not ideal). They cost less than $10k usually, keep their resale value well, and sail like a bigger boat.
(I''d sell you mine but it''s the only boat I''ve got.)
I keep the boat at White Rocks Marina on Rock Creek. No tennis courts or swimming pool but inexpensive. From there I can sail up the Patapsco to the inner harbor or out into the bay. Also, with the MacGregor being trailerable, you don''t really have to pay slip fees if you have a yard or street to store your boat on.
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Rookie:
I might have a Pearson 28 available very soon. I''m trying to close a deal on another Pearson.
As for small Mom & Pop marinas, I''m in Gregg Neck Boat Yard on the Sassafras.
Jim
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