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advice requested re: boat choices!

Hi! I'm currently looking to buy a cruising boat (that's not a slug) for short and longer distance cruising, coastal and offshore, single and double-handed, and have narrowed it down to the following boats:

Morgan 38
Morgan 36
Cal 39 1973
Hughes 38 1969 and 1980
Pearson 36 1972 and 1975
Seidelman

Does anyone have any opinions about any of these or reccomendations?? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Hey Pink - nice to see you on the outside!

I'd recommend poking around in this thread: The Salt's Corner Table

It's a thread with some of the best info to some of the most asked questions around here including boat types/recommendations. And you can see who some of the go-to guys are for further questions.

Enjoy.
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thanks! I checked these out and they're great!
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Most definately the Cal 39... its the most well made boat out of the bunch, and they are BEAUTIFUL. My godparents lived on one for several years, and they could sail circles around other boats in that size range.
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We have a Morgan 33. We are happy as it suits us. Its built like a tank. Don't ask how I know!

It drives like a tank, slow to turn and no real reverse! So exactly what do you mean by a slug? :-)
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I like the '70's Pearson 36's full headroom and ample stowage in the forward cabin. It also has a skeg for the rudder, so it's less likely to snag things. The price is probably a bit lower than for the other, newer boats you're looking at. It probably has a lot of plastic below. We saw one that had issues with the main bulkhead needing replacement due to water infiltration/condensation, so perhaps be on the lookout for that. The Cal is likely to outperform the others you've mentioned. Being able to sail in light air and enjoy it when others have to power is a definite advantage. Morgans tend to have a reputation for less build quality than some others, but each boat is different. An older one that has lasted this long may be in better condition than a newer boat by a "better" builder that hasn't been as well cared for.
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