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Buying a 28-34 ft Cruising boat...

I am just wondering, I plan to liveaboard in a marina in florida for about a year and then spend the next couple of years cruising the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean, and possible south pacific after that. I only plan to spend 20 - 25k on the original boat. what would the upkeep costs differ with the different lengths of boats in that price range?

I have been looking at Catalina 30''s and Irwin 34 can anyone give me pros or cons on these two boats?

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Buying a 28-34 ft Cruising boat...

The Catalina has the engine mounted midship, great access on 3 sides, but it is in the middle of cabin. Check owners association website for more info if you have not already. http://www.catalina30.com/
When Catalina was designing new 30 (Mark IV I believe) they changed to new construction methods as used first on C270 (hull w/ liner) they decided design was so different that it became the new 310. The 30''s were popular enough that they have said they will continue making a "few" each year for those who want them.
Generally most upkeep ends up being "by the foot", in my area dockage is $10-15 a linear foot/month (of boat not dock, 28'' boat in 25'' slip pays for 28'') survey $10-12, Etc.
Most Marinas charge an extra $150 to $175 for live-aboard and some have size requirements. Where my boat is requires 35'' for liveaboard.
There is a shortage of dockspace in CA, slips under 30'' are available in winter sometimes, others may be on waiting list of several months. For a 50'' current estimate is 9 years on waiting list. You might want to check in your area to see what''s available & what boatyards etc. are charging as they can vary widely from port to port.
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Buying a 28-34 ft Cruising boat...

I''ve been in a few Cat 30''s and I never really though of them as "livaboards" they seemd very cramped.

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Re: Buying a 28-34 ft Cruising boat...

I just looked at an 86 cal 27 and the more I sat in it the more I could see living on the boat and doing some cruising. However, I know boaters mentality. One always wants a bigger boat.

For what u plan you will be happy with your 30ft cal. buy after a year and u branch out to big water cruising u will be much more comfortable with a well rigged 40'. On the other hand I have known people to be happy island hopping in a cal22'. It is all very personal.

If you check your rigging, bottom,sails and motor. be redundant when u can and you will fall in love with the freedom.
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