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Newbie buying a boat

Hello I am new to the sailing world and we are looking at buying one of 3 of the following boats. Any advice or information that I can get would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for information on the characteristics of the boats or experience you may have on any of the following 3 models.
Any boat that I decide to buy will be inspected by an expert.

1. 1983 Holland 7.6
2. 1977 Tranzer 26
3. 1981 Seidelman 24

Of the 3 I am leaning towards the Holland because it is affordable, but the Tanzer seams to be a more family oriented boat although the more expensive of the 3.

Thanks for your help,
Glenn
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Glenn, I think you'll get more responses if you volunteer how, where, with whom you intend to use your boat. For example, you seem to value "family oriented", but what does that mean to you. More details always good.
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Of the three boats that you mention, the Tanzer is the better built one. The Holland is the faster one. The Seidelmann should be the least expensive one. If I wanted a family boat I would buy the Tanzer...actually, I would only buy the Tanzer.
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What about a Catalina 25?
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Ditto on the Tanzer. Lots of room, stable, comfortable, safe.
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Cannot beat the Tanzer. The only drawbacks in working on several of them is 1) the deep keel can fool you. I put more Tanzers on the sand bar than any other boat. 2) they were under powered. Expect some engine work in an older boat.

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Exclamation whether to buy a tanzer?

I am also thinking about buying a tanzer 25 ft 1978 model. I have never owned a boat but took lessons. Is this a safe bet for two women to buy and sail on a llong lake in Canada? Is it stable and roomy enough to sleep on? What size motor do you need? Do you need to have mechanical skills or carpentry skills to own a boat this old? any advice is appreciated.

Is $14K a good price without a trailor?

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I don't really know Tanzers, but I suspect $14K for a 1978 is very high--it would need to be in excellent shape. Check similar listings on yachtworld.com and other boat listing sites for reference.
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I am also thinking about buying a tanzer 25 ft 1978 model.
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I have never owned a boat but took lessons.
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Is this a safe bet for two women to buy and sail on a llong lake in Canada?
Yes - which lake ?
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Is it stable and roomy enough to sleep on ?
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What size motor do you need ?
I think that a 5 or 7.5 hp would be good. Make sure that the motor mount is strongly attached to the boat - particularly if you get a 4 stroke engine.
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Do you need to have mechanical skills or carpentry skills to own a boat this old? any advice is appreciated.
You need basic mechanical and carpentry skills to own any boat regardless of the size or age.

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Is $14K a good price without a trailor?
It depends. If you are really looking at a Tanzer 25, then it is not as old as you stated. They were not built before 1986. $14,000.00 is acceptable for that boat IF it is in very good condition.

It is more likely that you are looking at a Tanzer 7.5. (The 7.5 indicates that the boat is 7.5 metres long.) They date from the 70's and you can find one in good shape for about $7,500.00. Do not pay $14,000.00 for that boat unless the owner has replaced pretty well everything recently and can back this up with receipts.

To determine exactly what boat it is that you are looking at, go to this website: Tanzer Industries Ltd. Yacht Builder

When you have finished there go to the following website. There is a section there called the VALUGUIDE. This will give you actual Canadian asking prices of various models and years of boats. It is a valuable resource.

Boat for Sale - Buying and Selling boats in Canada. Power, Sail and Equipment ads

Good Luck !
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