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I would second the idea of looking into a Tartan 30 (or the Yankee 30, FWIW).
If you are interested in adding another solid and fast boat or two into the mix, a couple of well constructed and fast 30 footers would be the Ericson 30+ and the Olson 911S, the later built by either original builder Pacific Boats or later ones by Ericson.
Another classic with a nice easy motion at sea is the Cal 34-3. The Mk 2 has the same hull, but I like the interior in the Mk3 a lot better.

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I'd third all the selections above.
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Okay, I jacked my yw search price up to 35K. Seems like I dont really want to be scraping the bottom.
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That'll open up a lot more options for you! Good luck.
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lots of boats

Hey,

Here are my thoughts:

If you really plan on spending a week or longer aboard, I would want a bigger boat. If you only plan on spending a night or two aboard then 28-30' would be fine. The problem with 30' boats for an extended time period is there isn't enough space to put all the 'stuff' you'll want to bring. When you are in sleep mode with all the berths used, there won't be any room to move around. A 33' boat will have significantly more room.

I think that just about any commonly available racer / cruiser from the 80's would meet your needs. Off the top of my head this would include:
Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau, Jeanneau, O'day, Pearson, Newport, Cal, S2, Sabre, Tartan, Irwin, C&C, etc. etc. etc.

Do you want any particular features in a boat? Things like shoal vs deep draft, swim platform, wheel or tiller steering, traveler mounted on cabin top or in front of wheel / tiller? What about interior features like pressure hot and cold water, refrigeration, propane stove? Decide on things like that and you will start to rule boats in or out.

For example, my boat stays on a mooring and I board from my dingy. My family and I also like to swim off the boat. So I required a boat with a swim platform. I also wanted the traveler on the cabin top so no one could trip over it when they moved around the cockpit. The boat had to have wheel steering, inboard diesel, self tailing winches, and decent interior features. In my price range that didn't leave too many models (like Hunter, O'day, Newport).

Spend time going to brokerage yards and climb around a range of boats until you decide what you like or don't like.

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Check out the Ericsons on yachtworld... nice boats... there is a 30' in Northport near you for 21k looks really nice...
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I agree the first one looks nice withe the new motor the other two look horrid





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Why bother showing a photo of an engine like that???

Barry,
Point taken about stowage, but more often than not I will be doing day sails of <6hours with a crew of 0-2, so keeping it around 30' will make me a lot more comfortable single handlling it. I sailed a Catalina 320 for a week and it was a handful trimming and tacking by myself while crew was below. Doable, but it wasn't pretty.
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Those photos are so sad. They're an affront to all things nautical and proper. On the other hand, they make my engine look positively pristine, so I'll show them to the Admiral.

It's quite possible that they run flawlessly, but given the state of the engines and the surrounding areas, I think that it points to the general level of maintenance.

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Good luck Mazzy.

We just went through this and settled on a Catalina 310. We bounced around in budget a lot, from around $75K with financing to $25k for cash.

When we were looking at the $25K range the boats that had my interest the most were the Sabre 28 & 30, the Pearson 28 & 30 and C&Cs in 27 to 30 range. I also considered Ericsons and O'days. Some friends at the marina have an Ericson 27 and an O'day 272. Both boats sail great for the money and there were lots of deals on it. The Ericson was purchased for $15K and the O'day for $6K. Neither were "project" level boats and were sailable with just a good detailing inside and out.

One piece of advice I would give is to try and make friends with a local broker. They typically have access to a sold boats website that summarizes the asking and sail price and length on the market for boats sold through yacht world. In doing this, I was able to figure out that the boat models I was interested in were generally selling for 10% or more off of the asking price. I then recalibrated my search settings on yachtworld and found the boat I wanted in my price range.

The other thing to keep in mind is that boats on yachtworld are through brokers who generally get a 10% commission. Boats through sailboatlistings.com are from private sellers. This is a little far from you, but the URI boat program and the Mass Maritime Academy have donated boats for sale that can often be good deals.

Good luck and happy sailing.
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A mig 80's Jeanneau Attalia or the slightly smaller Arcadia might fit you bill too. There are 3x as many attalia's around vs the Arcadia. SunDream or sunlight 28 or 30 are newer models in and around the same length.

Reality is, ANY boat with a fin keel, enough SA/disp to move in light winds will be fun and better than what you have. I would suggest closer to 30-32' if you can. Also boats where all of the sheet lines are with in reach of the helm make life easier too. Most Catalinas have the main sheet on the cabin top, which is hard to reach from the helm.

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