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Looking For A Family Cruiser
My spouse, our little son (3 yrs old), and I are looking for a good family cruiser. Been doing a lot of research online (and here!). Our budget is limited! Can only spend 4500-5000 on the boat and we are starkly aware of the post-purchase costs we have to plan for as well.
We are not looking for a racing boat, but would not object to going fast. Cabin comfort is an issue. We plan to use this mostly for day trips around the Chesapeake Bay but we'd like to have the option of doing weekend trips and perhaps week long trips as our son matures. We want to be able to take our friends (another couple with a child or two, or just another couple) along for short (2-4 hour) day sails. We're pretty convinced that we need a 27 or bigger at this point. Good head room is important, too, as one of us is 6'2"!
Today we saw:
1) 1970 Pearson 26 on a mooring. Looked not great, not terrible, and was sailable, but not terribly inspiring. Corner was delaminated. Cheapest of the bunch. No galley.
2) 1979 Cal 2/27 on the hard. Was impressed by her! Beautiful cabin (well, it could be, with a little work and cosmetic changes, a few fixes) with good head room.
3) 1971 Cal 27 (Pop Top). This thing was rough and spongy and needed a lot of work. Was crossed off our list very quickly. Came with a dinghy...and we need a dinghy.
Tomorrow we're going to see a 1983 Cal 27 Mark III at a slip. Very interesting to see how this will go!