Join Date: Aug 2003
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For your requirements, you can't go wrong with an older, WELL MAINTAINED Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau, O'day, Pearson, Newport, ......
Since you freely admit that you are looking for an inexpensive boat that you don't plan on keeping for a long time, you must buy one that is in decent condition now, and keep it that way. There will always be a market for clean, well maintained, affordable boats. As previously mentioned, there is a reason why there are lots of Catalina's around - they make a decent boat for a decent price that fits the needs of most people.
Regarding the debate about high end vs more common boats, I would like to make a few points. All boats require maintenance. The gear on Catalina and Hunter boats is largly the same gear on Tartan and Sabre boats. Engines, transmissions, winches, spars, hatches, galley and head gear, steering gear, etc are all made by aftermarket companies. Hull and decks, interiors, woodworking, are what separate the companies. True - the high end boat may come with bigger winches and a more powerful engine, better rigging, but if those items are not maintained they won't last as long as the gear on the 'lesser' boat.
Lastly, it's always easier to sell something cheaper than something more expensive. Yes, a 20 year old Mercedes is worth a lot more than a 20 year old Chevy, but it's a lot easier to sell the Chevy.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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