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Old 11-11-2009
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If it between a Hunter and Catalina, there is a reason Catalina's retain their resale value better than Hunters.

If you are now set on moving from the 25ft range to the 27-30 foot range, look at tartans, C&Cs, and sabres also. Their fit and finish is much better as is their structure. They are a level up on the production boats while they still made quite a few of them, their attention to detail and equipment tends to be over sized and higher quality. In the era of boats you are looking at their should be quite a few of those three out their.

There are important things to compare on this size boat. Engine hours for one. Hull and blisters. Condition of sails, headroom. bilge depth, storage space, chain plates and rigging (both running and standing (wire vs rod)

Winters will primarily have Hinters and Catalina's for sale as they trade up wards there. Look at other brokers again in the Chesapeake for more of a variety. Let all the different brokers educate you on the differences between Hunters, Catalina's, Benetaues, Tartans, Sabres and C&C's and go on a lot of boats. When you do you will know when you've found the "right one"

The have a survey done. Again take your time, do not rush into it and you choose well


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We had an '89 H28. Loved it.

Personally, if I got a call from "a broker" PUSHING me to buy, I would seriously be considering his motives (and likely running away).
If it is a good deal, he will have NO trouble selling it and will not need to brow-beat anyone into the purchase.
Sounds more like it is his mortgage payment that can't be missed.
That "gotta buy it before someone else does" is one of the oldest tricks going.
Brokers are just like everything else, there are good ones and bad ones.

Look at all boats in your price range (and a little above), see so many that you start to go cross-eyed,
Take pictures and make lists on each one you see (30 boats from now, details will start to get a little muddled). Go back and see the ones you like, maybe a couple of times.

This is a buyers market. You can take your time.
If you miss a good deal, so what. Another will be along shortly.
It is easy to get discouraged, we lost count of the number of "pristine" boats that we drove hours to see, only to find they were trash.

You will know the right boat when you find it.
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