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Which Sailboat to buy

I would like to ask a question on buying a sailboat. I am brand new to Sailnet and Sailing. So new I am now just going to sign up for class's. ASA-101-ASA-103-ASA-104-to learn what I am suppose to know. I am 62 wife 61. Wife will likely steer and put thing's away. I am in ok shape with a good knowledge of how thing's work and with a good mechanical back ground. We plan to sail in the Great lake's for a couple of year's.Then go to Florida and sail their. We also would like to be able to sail to the Caribbean from Florida.
We have been looking and talking for a while about sailboats and plan to have it surveyed. We have come down to a this list in boat's
28' Mariner 4' 5" fix keel
32/28 Paceship Chance 5' 9" fix keel
33' Pearson 3' 4"-7' center broad
34' Irwin 4' fix keel
35' Pearson 3'4"-7' center board
Year's 1972 to 1978 Irwin is 1982 model year. All equipped about the same. We would like to build on it's asset's and use it say for 10 to 12 year's. Is their a sailboat here that stand's out over one of the other's?
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My suggestion would be to wait. Learn to sail first and sail on other people's boats for a while and see what you like about the different boats that you sail on. As far as the list above, I strongly suggest that you wait, you have time and why spend money you don't need to spend yet?
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Thank you for suggestion very good point. I'm one of those people that always dives in first or will never end up doing it.
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Take the ASA courses; charter some boats, then do some chartering down in florida or the Caribbean. You might decide you like chartering better than boat ownership/restorations.

If you decide to cut free and do some cruising; you could try and find a boat that is already equipped down in Florida or along the Gulf coast.
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Thank you. Also very good advice. We live on a lake now and I have been in many boats and many race cars so I know the deditcation a hobby like this takes. I just have not been in that many sailboats.
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I agree with everyone else but if you really want to jump in go buy yourself a cheap low system boat. Something that needs nothing because there really isnt anything to break. A 15-18 foot oday comes to mind. Take the classes sail the cheap boat this summer it this summer, and then this winter buy the big boat.
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Thank you. I have been reading so much about sailboating for many months now, that I feel like I have been doing it for ever. Since I already live at the lake (not much wind here) Your answer is more than likly what I should do. By the time I get that done, the summer will be over. It will give me more time to cherry pick a nice sailboat in this down turn.
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