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post #11 of 15 Old 05-07-2011
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...I never seen any of above boats yet, and will check them out this month. Since all of them are in different flight range, transportation cost much to check one after another. So I like to make my priority to avoid checking all of them if possible...
Given the expense you will incur to go see the boats, I would require the seller to provide you recent pictures - within the last month if possible, but definitely no earlier than the past year.

An awful lot of boats are listed with old pictures that were taken when the boat is much newer. You could waste a lot of money visiting boats that are misrepresented.

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Hi Chun,
If distance sailing is in your future plans, I would seriosly consider the Freedom. I have always been intrigued with the stayess rig, perhaps they are the ultimate low maintenace, less worry, option. They have stood the test of time but still get by-passed by most. My guess is that their 'look' is still rather unconventional.

By the way, the Freedom 'rates' the fastest.
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Freedom 30 - 168
Hunter 30 - 186
IP 27 - 216
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Rather than making a trip that involves an expensive air flight, it might make sense to hire a local surveyor to do an inspection. Would be less costly and you'd get the advice of an expert.
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Thanks for the advises. I will fly over to check the boats next week. Freedom first as it looks best choice considering price and performance. I will let you members know when I become a new owner.
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Thanks to your suggestions, I today signed the deal for '86 freedom 30 shoal keel version. It's not in a perfect condition and previous owner ripped everything off the boat not leaving a mooring line, vhf or a spoon but still I am happy to be a freedom owner and will enjoy working with my boat.
will be sailing osaka or around japan for a while after fixing critical problems, give me greetings when you see a freedom 30 somewhere in asia.
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