Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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lots of boats
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.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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