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Thanks for the info. Here's where it gets interesting. I have the Coronado 27, and my original intent for selling the boat was to get a smaller but newer trailerable boat that I'd keep in the water for the season, and pull when work starts (schoolteacher with wife and two young daughters). So, the reason for selling is mostly to limit the cost of mooring or storing the Coronado during the off months.
My dream was to be able to afford a Hunter 26 with wing keel- seems like a good balance between ease of moorage pricing, some lead down below, and a nice layout. Seems to be beyond my means. The nearest cousin to that dream was a Catalina 25ish. I've been looking at a few that are on the market and close to my price range 7000.
The Camper Nicholson just happened to be offered to me, and I know little about it at all (although "death rolls" don't sound particularly appealing). Two reasons that this boat got me thinking. 1) It looks and feels much stronger than even my current boat or the Catalinas, and 2) at the price it is offered for, I thought I might tinker with some items below decks and re-sell it for more money after a few years to generate more money towards the boat I really would like to have, that Hunter 26- or similar. It is a custom build- I've even seen the blueprints and logs. It looks like just the winches and sails would be worth more than what is being asked- not to mention a new engine.
Here's what I worry about with that bigger boat. 1) Will movement be uncomfortable (excessive heeling and bounce) for my family below (assuming that I tend the sails and tiller as I do now tipping the balance from performance to comfort)? and 2) Are there likely more expensive problems that will come (I've read about blisters being a problem)?
I love sailing, and I love teaching. Unfortunately that means that I don't have much money for buying boats- or for maintaining them. The basic rule that I've found is that if I can't fix it myself, than I can't afford it. I'm pretty handy as far as that goes, but don't want to get in over my head.
Thanks for your responses, and thanks in advance for your advice on this. I cruise with my family in Puget Sound and the San Juans. Not a racer at all, just want a tough boat that I could cruise with the family looking for whales, pulling some crab, and being able to feel confident in the seaworthiness arena. Can't afford what I want yet, but I also won't go through the summer without something to keep saltwater in my veins.