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Re: Boat shopping: round two

Tartan 27, a little too snug?
http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1965.../United-States

Oh and what about a Tartan 34? Too big?

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Re: Boat shopping: round two

"Pretty" vs. "functional" does pretty much divide up what needs to be done on a boat you already own. Make sure it is safe and functional and go sailing.

Then again, when you're buying a boat, you do care about the cosmetic because it's directly related to the worth of the boat--no sense in paying more than the boat's worth at that moment, right?

One good thing about a boat that is in nice cosmetic condition is that this is frequently (not always) a good indicator of the condition of all that functional and safety stuff.

I found it hard to compartmentalize cosmetic from function when it comes to maintaining a boat. The more things I fixed, the more I wanted my boat to be as nice as I could make her (within reason ). Not everyone goes this way, or needs to, though I think you'll find many like souls here.
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Re: Boat shopping: round two

Update:

My current shortlist in descending order of asking prices, none are out-of-state:

Sabre 28 - 14.6K - well cared for, updated electronics, wheel steering
3 Pearson 30s - 14.5K 11.9K 9.5K - varying condition and included equipment, the cheapest has best electronice, but looks a bit sketchy.
Catalina 27 - 8.9K - very nice condition, Atomic 4, but high priced for a C27
Tartan 27 - 8.3K - nice condition, A4 is a rebuilt with FWC
All of the above have Yachtworld listings.

-- Also there is a Tartan 30 as part of a charity auction in a week. Pictures are promising. No electronics beyond compass/depthfinder. The auction description lists only one actual problem - no holding tank installed currently. Don't know if I'm comfortable with the risk of auction. With no real chance to have a survey done I could be stuck with a real project.

Any thoughts? I plan to crawl through them all in the next week or so. It looks like right now the Sabre, and Cat are probably in the best overall condition. With the Tartan and a P30 not far behind.

I'm tempted by the deal potential of the auction boat, but the risk of a huge project is there.
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Re: Boat shopping: round two

Your options are wide but you could break down roughly like this:
Cheap <28' for 3-8k to get started and see if you love boating/ownership
Great <28' for 8-25k
Ok-Good >28' for 8-25k

I wouldn't bother with cheap larger boats as you'll still be paying lots for upkeep and storage/mooring. I'm curious that you said your attracted to older boats but passed on the triton. That seems like a prime option for what you're looking for. Granted you have a family but if that's the style you like don't necessarily discount that because other boats are more 'practical'. No boat is practical and it's going to require a lot of time so make sure you're getting one that you think is worth it.

EDIT: I wouldn't be worrying about the electronics as they're the easiest thing to change. Although I sympathize with you not knowing how to spot the big things as I was there myself. Engine and deck core - although there are many important things problems here are rampant in the types of boat's you're looking at. Also, get a survey even if you don't think the sale price justifies it. The first time you're out with your family and conditions aren't too good you'll want to know the condition of the boat underneath you.
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Re: Boat shopping: round two

You could always buy mine...

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Re: Boat shopping: round two

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Update:

My current shortlist in descending order of asking prices, none are out-of-state:

Sabre 28 - 14.6K - well cared for, updated electronics, wheel steering
3 Pearson 30s - 14.5K 11.9K 9.5K - varying condition and included equipment, the cheapest has best electronice, but looks a bit sketchy.
Catalina 27 - 8.9K - very nice condition, Atomic 4, but high priced for a C27
Tartan 27 - 8.3K - nice condition, A4 is a rebuilt with FWC
These are all good boats. I think the most important thing would be to buy as much boat that's in the most decent shape that you can afford. Owning a boat isn't always about going out. Hanging around the floating condo for a weekend isn't a bad thing. If you go with a boat that's to small for your family the thrill will be gone.

I wouldn't put alot of emphasis on electronics, there are more important components to be concerned with.

I'd be looking at the Sabre or Pearsons & remember cash is king. As you've stated these are the asking prices.

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Re: Boat shopping: round two

This is in your neck of the woods.

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