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Tanzer22 or US25
Although I have been reading posts in this forum for a while this is my first own post.
I live near Vancouver, have been sailing lasers, 420s and other small boats in the Vancouver Bay for a few years and would now like to buy my first small cabin boat to gain some experience pocket-cruising around the BC Gulf Islands.
My budget is limited, i.e. my price range is between $3500 and $5000.
I have been looking at different boats for months now and have finally shortlisted 3:
1) A Tanzer 22 in excellent shape, has been cared for like a baby by her 1st owner for 30 years. Motor newly maintained, hull checked and cleaned regularly, she was hauled and repainted just a few months ago, rigging fine, sails fine, the interior is in perfect condition, she comes with 2 anchors, GPS, VHF, depth sounder, main, jib, genoa. Asking price is $3500. The boat is absolutely ready to go.
2) a US 25, the general condition is OK, but a few things need to be fixed. The engin needs servicing, stalled a few times when gears were changed, the hull needs cleaning, the last time she was out of the water was over 2 years ago. The window sealings look like they need to be renewed. The Sails are OK, the interior is a bit more spacious than the Tanzer, e.g. separate head. The asking price was 5300, but I got him down to $4200.
3) A Catalina 27, the hull and mast of which are in good shape, but it has been just sitting for over 2 years and looks in terrible condition. Lines, rigging, winches need replacing, cleats are missing, it needs to be cleaned all over, etc. etc. The owner promised to fix everything up and sell it to me for $5000. This will take him at least a month or two. Well, don't know.
I wonder if anybody in this forum knows the 3 boats and can give me any advice. Hauling, motor service and fixing a few things on the US 25 will cost me another $1000. Is it worth spending a bit more on the US25 for its size compared with the Tanzer 22? Do the 3 extra feet make the US 25 safer than the Tanzer?
I appreciate any advice! Thanks!