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Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

I’m happy to announce that it is time for that process to start all over again.

My wife and I have decided to sell a small bit of property we own and buy a bigger sailboat. The big difference here is that ‘we’ are buying the boat, not just me. I think that is just the coolest thing ever. We have no idea how long it will take the property to sell, so this could be a long term thing.

Most of our trips will be day sailing out of Portsmouth, NH with frequent overnights on a rented mooring at Isles of Shoals (4-5mi offshore). Once or twice a season we’ll be sailing further north to explore the coast of Maine; perhaps eventually as far as Canada. Maybe we’ll sail south and spend a weekend on Cape Cod. I hope to someday sail further south and explore the Florida Keys or maybe the Caribbean. I don’t plan on any offshore work, but I’d like to know that the boat could do it.

It’s just the two of us, maybe an overnight guest or a couple; we think 29 to 32 feet is about the right size.

We’d like:
Above: monohull 29-32 feet; masthead rig; inboard diesel; protected rudder & screw; decent foredeck for anchor handling; wide side decks; roomy cockpit; wheel steering;

Below: traditional interior; full galley w/ oven; nav station; quarterberth; moderate tankage; head w/shower;

The cockpit is more important than the cabin. I’m more of a cruiser than a racer, but no one wants a barge. I prefer sailing ability over shallow draft. I’m willing to lose some roominess to get some sea kindliness.

My brother recently bought a Bristol 32 and it really opened my eyes to these fine boats. If I had the cash right now there are 2 Bristol 29.9 boats in my area and price range that I’d be looking at. In my view, these 29.9s are the boats to beat. I love the modified full/fin keel and the sit down, forward facing nav station (on a 30’ boat!). The joinery down below is also very nice.

For the right boat in ‘turn key’ condition and set up for cruising, we could go close to $20k; We’d be happy to buy a less well equipped boat (no dodger, no roller furling, maybe it needs a new stove) for less and equip it ourselves, but I don’t want an $7,500 fixer-upper. I know I’ll be looking at 30 year old boats, but I want one that’s been cared for.

So, if I can’t get one of those Bristol 29.9s, what’s the next best thing?

Is there something better?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

When you go to the boatshow this month, don't take any money with you
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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

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When you go to the boatshow this month, don't take any money with you
$20k is a nice down payment

Remember, boats are a compromise. Here are a few I like

https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/199.../United-States
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/198.../United-States
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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

Good luck!. For that bit of water you might add in a quality radar system and chart plotter. With all the fog, ledges, crab pots, and confusing buoys you might want figure in the cost of hiring Mainesail as a guide just to keep you out of trouble.

Seriously, a Tartan 34-1 might fit the bill. Pretty close to your price range. The prices vary a lot with condition. Diesel might be hard to find. Some have wheels. Here is a nice one. Tartan 34C Sailboat For Sale
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Good luck!. For that bit of water you might add in a quality radar system and chart plotter.
Thanks for the advice. I'm just picking the boat itself here; equipping it for coastal cruising will be another thread.

That Tartan looks nice! How is the build quality? I'd like to get away from the bolt-on keels and get into a boat that has the ballast glassed in.

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$20k is a nice down payment
No. My accountant assures me that $20k will be the whole thing.

That Pearson 31 in Portland looks like it is worth a second look.
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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

Did you check sailboatlistings.com? Might be a few there of interest:

Maine sailboats for sale by owner.
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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

There is a salvage / Repo broker in Mass: Certified Sales Inc - Liquidation Sales and you BID on their boats!
I have seen a wide variety of vessels there, and they happen to have a LOT right now from Hurricane Sandy.
Of course any of them will require work, but please show me ANY that don't, because I have never seen one.
They also have 2 other associated boatyards along the East coast.
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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

Thanks for all the feedback; it's too early in the process to be looking at individual listings. I'm hoping to use this thread to narrow the field from 'any 30 foot boat that I can afford' to a short list of maybe 6-8 designs that I'm likely to be able to find and afford.

My last three boats have been Catalinas and when the time to upgrade came I really thought it would be a choice between the C27 & the C30. Now that my wife is involved and really wants to be part of it, I'm thinking more of her comfort and safety; that leads me to consider more seaworthy boats. Also now that it is 'our' project, I can spend a little more.

The Pacific Seacraft and Island Packet designs fit the bill, but are much too expensive.

The Hunters, Catalinas and Beneteaus are affordable, but I want a boat just a little more rugged than those.

My list so far:

Bristol 29.9 (no design has yet knocked this off the top of the heap)
Sabre 30 MkIII (might be too pricey)
Pearson 30/303/31 (are these all the same boat?)

Those designs were chosen in part because they are all built local to me (Northeast USA) so I should be able to find one (or more) easily when I am actually in the market.

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Re: Need a boat to cruise the coast of Maine

I'm partial to Sabre's but think the Bristol would be a more forgiving boat
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