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I'd point out that the OP has probably bought a boat in the last NINE YEARS, and may even be on their second or third boat by now.

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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

Instead of choosing the boat, let the boat choose you!

See whats for sale in your area at a price you are comfortable with. I think you have a generous budget. You will quickly see that many boats for sale are project, or junk boats. However, there is a gem out there for you...so keep looking. The more boats you see, the better prepared you will be to know when the right one comes along.

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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

With your wife and a kid I would go 27-30 for comfort and room. We have been sailing 15 years and Catalina 30 has always been one of my favorites . A 25 foot is easy to trailer our first was an Catalina 25 with a trailer but to small with all the grand kids . Hope this helps
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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

You guys know that this thread is like 11 or 12 years old, right? I think the OP probably has his boat by now. Heck, he may be on his 2nd or 3rd if he's anything like most of the people here!

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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

New to this net guess I,ll pay more attn to the dates on the post
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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

It was good of you to want to help, and the advice was good! Every so often you'll see this happen here. For some reason, someone is doing a search and forgets to check the date on the thread. They post a comment and bring the thread back from the grave.

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Of course, we now have to ask; Is a sailboat a safe haven against Zombie Threads??
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Sorry didn't check the date
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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

I am in a similar situation and, for my project, I found a MacGregor 36 to be a possible option.

Could you tell me more why you "been told to stay away from Hunter MacGregor"? What are the major problems?

This will be my first boat so I am trying to gather as much information and suggestions as possible from more "experienced" boat owners/sailors before making a decision.

Thanks everyone for the help!
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Re: Starter Sailboat advise needed. Have detail profile of need.

I'd suggest starting a separate thread on this. Hunters and MacGregors are Fine for their intended purposes. They aren't the stoutest boats, or the fastest, or the safest, but they fit a need and are adequate for many people's purposes. If you start another thread you'll get lots of additional feedback, especially if you tell us more about yourself and what you want out of a boat.

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