Join Date: Aug 2003
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Your plan seems solid. I would suggest looking at almost any 'production' boat around 27' in length. In addition to Catalina, Hunter and Pearson, you should add O'day, Newport, Tartan, Sabre, S2, Irwin, and probably some more. Since you don't plan on keeping the boat long, and don't have any real ambitious plans for the boat, finding a good one close to home would be better than searching all over creation for a particular model in so so condition.
Regarding sails, all you really want are two - a main in good condition, and a headsail, in whatever size is typical for your area, probably a 135 or a 150.
I would insist that any boat I bought have:
Decent canvas - bimini or dodger
Engine in good condition - and preferably, like REALLY preferable, an inboard diesel (unless you find a GREAT boat with an outboard or Atomic 4).
10 year old or newer sails
I don't know if you can get all that for $10K. I couldn't back in 2004, but the market has changed since then.
Find a boat, buy it, sail it, have fun with it!
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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