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post #11 of 16 Old 10-12-2009
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The smaller the better. I have done a few 3 day cruises on my 24, but I take my dinghy out every day. It's true, the amount of use a boat gets is inversely related to it's length.

I take out my C-25 all the time, and my 12" Escape Captiva has sat in the garage all season. Easier to hank on a jib and throw off lines than tow the boat and launch it.


Now as far as the fun factor? You might have something there.

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looking for a cruiser for sure strictly sail no huge power, and older because it has a history behind it,and heart.
I think you'd be more worried about seaworthiness, current shape and ease of maintenance than a history. It's is true that older boats can hold together well for a long time if they have been well maintained. Mine is a 79 and I found out this weekend that I'm the 6th owner. ( I ran into the FO and the FFO on the dock last weekend.)

Where will you be sailing? How many will be with you typically? What is your experience level?

Catalina's make a nice choice, the 27 has a lot more room down below than the 25. You can definitely find a nice C-25 for well under 10K.

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I agree with Joe, picked up my 85 tall rig with 600 hours on the engine along with an achillies inflatable and 5hp motor for 10k plus 8 sails all in reasonable condition. No major expenditures. It was dirty but sound. Do your homework and remember elbow grease is cheap.
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If you can go up to about 12-15K for a well maintained boat there's a number of 30 ft, 70's vintage boats worth looking at: Morgan 30, Pearson 30, Tartan 30 and the venerable Catalina 30. I have a Cal 29 and like it lots.
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This is getting stale but I would add a decently maintained Tartan 27' to the list. Bristol too for that matter.
You should be able to get a good deal on an old good looker.
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I am looking at a few boats right now in the 10-15k range, but I have my heart set on either of these 2:

Cape Dory 25D
Contessa 26

While not the the boats in these ads, they are in very similar condition, so I do plan on putting more money into whichever I choose...

1978 contessa contessa 26 sailboat for sale in Alabama

1984 CAPE DORY 25D sailboat for sale in Rhode Island

Good Luck with the search, Take Care!

Ben

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