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Moving up from a trailersailer but with decent big boat experience, I'm looking for something in the 30-33 foot range, something for strictly coastal New England cruising... probably the most ambitious crossing we might consider is across from Maine to Nova Scotia.

We're looking for something that will probably end up being from the 70s or 80s, and to spend no more than $30 - 35K for something sail-ready. Though we're happy to spend less and do cosmetic work... we don't want a project. And don't want a maintenence nightmare like a wooden boat.

Priorities are cruising attributes over performance attributes, we'd like to have four accommodated comfortably, and 6 in a one-or two-night pinch.

So here's the question. We happen to enjoy the unloved and unknown... products that are better than their reputation suggests (we drive Suzukis). What are the 30-33 footers that are good, decent boats for my needs but are unknown and unloved (and lower-priced)? What will give good value for the dollar?

I am aware of Hunters and Catalinas, being (perhaps undeservedly) unloved, but those don't interest me. I want something less mainstream (right now, I'm intrigued by bilge keelers, Westerlys and others).

So what do you think may be worth investigating? I really don't know a Niagara from an Endeavour from a Bristol from a Freedom... I need some help making a short-list.

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Go to the back corners of your local boatyards and look for a boat in your size that has a chalky hull and is surrounded by weeds. There's your unloved boat.

You could also try any number of online brokerages. Yachtworld, boats.com, etc. They have search features that allow you to specify size and price ranges.
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30-33' sailboat

Hi,

Let me know how soon you want to make a purchase. I'll try to help you
find what you're looking for. Where in NE are you located? I'm in RI.

I've done the trip to NS from the Cape. So I can let you know how that went
too.

If you want to email me directly you can do so at larryrutter@mac.com.

I'm a broker, as my id indicates.
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