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Note: This is in the "racing forum" and I think it is more approriate to this Message Board:


I need some help/tips from members on making a sailboat purchase for racing and cruising which ideally i would like to buy before end of this April.

I have a young family (8 and 5 year old who love sailing) I am looking to puchase (under 10k) a boat that can compete very well on performance rating with a fleet of SJ 21's. I would not be here asking as there are some SJ21's for sale here execpt for the fact that I really do not like the interior of the SJ21 for those days when we are simply cruising as a family, but I really enjoy the thrill of racing so want to be in a position to go head to head with the sj21 in our local summer races when I need too.

I have looked at a number of boats i.e. J24 Capri 22 Santana 23 etc. but just don't know which one of these or any others I should really focus on to purchase.

Any help is really appreciated.

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With kids at that age you may want to be heavy on the cruising. Because with some skippers when racing they get too intense and frustrated, then be grumpy with their crew...
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A Catalina 22 might give you a bit more cruising comfort and still be in that class/speed of boat. I'm guessing you're on a lake somewhere?

A Tanzer 22 would be another good candidate as well.

Here's a link to some other possibilities (ignore the suggested prices.. they are a bit out of date)

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You probably better define "cruising" a bit more. Are you talking about going out for a daysail, or sleeping on the boat over several days?
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Thanks Fstr for the tips. Yes it is a small lake actually a City reservoir so no overnight sailing just day sailing. My son will be racing with me not Mom and his sister.
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Glenmore Resevoir? If you really want to kick butt look around for a Martin 242.
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yeeaaahhhh, there's nothing wrong with an SJ21, until you have to race other boats, that aren't SJ21's. A quick search puts them in the 252 phrf range, that's pretty slow.

The Martin would be great but not a lot below to cruise with.

I'm a little partial to the Merit 25, lots of sleeping room below. Sink, port-o potti, etc. Rates 168-174

Edit: a tanzer 25 or kirby 25 will have similar performance and room below. The tanzer being the "biggest" inside.
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Glenmore indeed!

Thanks all for the great advice. I will let you know my choice.
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Note: This is in the "racing forum" and I think it is more approriate to this Message Board:


I need some help/tips from members on making a sailboat purchase for racing and cruising which ideally i would like to buy before end of this April.

I have a young family (8 and 5 year old who love sailing) I am looking to puchase (under 10k) a boat that can compete very well on performance rating with a fleet of SJ 21's. I would not be here asking as there are some SJ21's for sale here execpt for the fact that I really do not like the interior of the SJ21 for those days when we are simply cruising as a family, but I really enjoy the thrill of racing so want to be in a position to go head to head with the sj21 in our local summer races when I need too.

I have looked at a number of boats i.e. J24 Capri 22 Santana 23 etc. but just don't know which one of these or any others I should really focus on to purchase.

Any help is really appreciated.

Thanks.
This is what you want: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/boatMergedDetails.jsp?boat_id=798204&ybw=&units=Feet&currency=USD&access=Public&listing_id=1530&url==

Great racer, great cruiser, kid friendly, easy to sail, tough as nails in a blow...

FWIW...
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