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First, a little background on me. Raised on powerboats. Just started sailing. My only sailing experience is ASA 101. I'm looking for something to learn to sail on Galveston Bay. I will often be singlehanding. Once I get the hang of it want to be able to head to the Carribean. Plan on moving aboard this summer.

So, pretty sure I've narrowed my choices down to a 33' Hunter Chrubini and a Pearson 323. The Cherubini seems to be better maintained than the 323, but neither one appears to be too bad off. Any thoughts?

edit to add: Also open to suggestions of comparable botas, but my budget is only about $25k.
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While Cherubini had a good reputation as a designer, in talking with folks at Hunter there is some question as to how much input he had the development of the Hunter 33 but in any case of the Hunters of this era the 33 was by far one of their worst designs. (I am a pretty big fan of the Hunter 30 and 37 of that era). I have always been a fan of the Pearson 323 but these are not great boats to learn to sail on if you wish to learnb to sail well and frankly not the best boat of this size and price range if your goal is to single-hand.

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While Cherubini had a good reputation as a designer, in talking with folks at Hunter there is some question as to how much input he had the development of the Hunter 33 but in any case of the Hunters of this era the 33 was by far one of their worst designs. (I am a pretty big fan of the Hunter 30 and 37 of that era). I have always been a fan of the Pearson 323 but these are not great boats to learn to sail on if you wish to learnb to sail well and frankly not the best boat of this size and price range if your goal is to single-hand.

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Can you elaborate a bit on the 323? I know that the lines aren't all led aft, for one thing which will be more challenging. What else about it would make you say its not good to learn on? What else would you recomend?
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