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I've sailed a Cal 25 Mk ii (early 80s vintage) - you'd be surprised how seaworthy they are. There you'd have a daysailer that can stand up to a blow.
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Just finished a few hours in a Harbor 25 in long island sound - southerly in mid20's with gusts in the low 30's.

2 of us on board - reefed the main ( in about 3 seconds ) and had a blast surfing back and forth in the Sound.
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Might want to start by looking into boats built in Canada & the East Coast. Sabre, Shark 24, Tanzer, Hughes/Northstar, Sirius. These are all very nice boats, built for the conditions you are likely to sail in, with a community of other owners near to hand, and quite affordable.

Here's a Sirius 28 in Scarborough, ON: Quick boat, fully equipped, $20k asking.



IIRC, you are allowed Port-Pottis in Canada, but they need to be plumbed for pumpout. Maybe a Canuck can verify this. Canada is pretty serious about waste handling in their waters.
Thanks for the input I am familiar with some of them. I am intrigued by the headroom below in the Sirius. How does it sail?
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Just finished a few hours in a Harbor 25 in long island sound - southerly in mid20's with gusts in the low 30's.

2 of us on board - reefed the main ( in about 3 seconds ) and had a blast surfing back and forth in the Sound.
I like the look of the Harbor 25 but it is still out of my price range even in a used boat.
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I saw a book the other night at a local Barns and Nobles that compared boats from 19-26ft. It may be worth taking a look at. The book was ..The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats : Reviews and Comparisons of 360 Boats Under 26 Feet.
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Cruiser2B,

The Sirius 28 is a very nice boat, with a warm interior. There was also a 21/22 foot model (swing keel) probably not what you are looking for, but a nice overall boat.

I am very impressed With the Tanzer's, such as the 22, 7.5, and the 26. These are very capable, fine looking, well built boats that are widely available. One design racing for the 22 is also out there and lots of fun.

On the other hand, the Cal 25 is roomy, performs well and is a stable boat. With the flush deck it is a little different, and somewhat resembles the T22.

Good luck with your descision,

Adam
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Not that it makes much difference, but I was thinking of a later Cal 25 with a conventional "not flat" deck. The one I've sailed is for sale at $5k right now - a great boat for that money. You see earlier flat deck ones for sale for even less.
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