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Re: Hunter 28.5 versus Allmand 31
Thanks for the detailed feedback! Do you have pictures of the headliner install process, or at least before and after pictures of it? Do you remember what you paid in materials?
Your comments about the leaks are exactly what my concerns were, too. I think I may take another trip out there this coming weekend and bring my father along, focusing on the potential problem areas. If it still seems to pass muster, then maybe we'll see about a survey. Believe me, I'm ready to walk away if she's scary - I've seen many other "value priced" boats that scared me. I'm reasonably handy, but I want something I can sail in the spring, not a 3-4 year project. When we bought our C25, I must have looked at 10-15 boats in person, and close to 50-100 online. Most of the ones I visited were too much of a project, even for me. The Allmand seems like a borderline case.
Chef, thanks for the reply about the comparitive strengths/weaknesses of the boats. We're more "comfort" sailers, so we're probably right in Hunter's target market. But I'm concerned enough about safety to want something that will be good if an unexpected storm pops up. Granted, on Barnegat bay, we could practically walk to safety if the boat sank. But still, as I said in the original post, I'd like a boat that I can take out in the ocean if/when the mood strikes me and know we're likely to be safe.
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