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Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I'll make a trip to Annapolis this weekend to take a look at that marina - a possibility that hadn't even crossed my mind.

Keep the suggestions coming - great so far. I totally agree that getting in the boat makes a difference. Unfortunately, I keep getting invited to sit on boats I can't afford. (Right now I'm in love with a Pacific Seacraft Dana but sadly she's out of my league, at least for now.) Going to some place where I can look at a bunch of boats will help.
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I spent a couple of seasons dating the owner of a Catalina 22. She and I had a great time sailing that little boat, including a number of weekends. The boat has the additional advantage of having values that are pretty well bottomed out so you can buy one, sail it for a year or so, and sell it for what you put into it.

Regardless, I strongly suggest avoiding wing keels on the Chesapeake. Sooner or later you'll run aground and a wing is the toughest to get off. Catalina 22s are around with wings, fins, and centerboards.
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Just a thought

So many ways to approach getting into sailing and owning a boat. Great suggestions and input so far so no need to add there, but...

I'll share our experience and maybe it will help you? maybe not? I'll skip the pre-sailboat owner experiences and try to get to the point...

About 7 yrs ago we started looking for a boat, on-line and visiting boatyards. We looked at many, many boats, seriously at a Catalina 27 followed by a Catalina 30. Man I wanted that boat badly, lots of heated discussions about why we should/shouldn't buy the boat. But something wasn't right, so we backed off from the search for a while.

A couple of months later I got a call from my uncle, there was a cheap, P.O.S. 20' Buccaneer for sale for all of $300.00. We bought the POS and were so excited we spent the entire winter, sometimes in the snow, working to get it ready for the coming season. Mostly re-doing teak, polishing, and fixing or replacing safety related stuff like running lights, bilge pump, etc. The marina owner was so happy to have a somewhat respectable boat sitting in the slip vs. the neglected POS that was there

We sailed it for two years before we started looking again, we found our next boat quickly, a 37'er.

Is there a point to the story, I think so...

We waited, got the boat we really wanted, and most importantly (IMO) skipped the saga of buying a 20' boat, followed by a 27' boat, followed by a 30' boat, and so on.

My $.02 FWIW

BTW: We sold the 20' Piece Of S*^t Buccaneer for $1000.00
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also consider a Pearson 26, mine is more toward the boat camping end of the spectrum though others have been more modernized. it's a great sailing, solid boat for the Bay/Potomac IMO. Cockpit is a bit tight with the One Design variant having more cockpit space and smaller cabin.
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