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Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

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The OP sets criteria of $120000 and 10 years and gets a slew of suggestions over $130,000 and much greater than 15 years old. Not what he asked for

He posted in another thread the pro and cons of buying newer ( with less wear and tear but already depreciated) vrs older with replacement costs and upgrades necessary right away. he obviously decided on newer

What is available are some nice cruisers which are suitable for his purpose, I like the 38 ft Catalinas the best. All are production boats

The 36 CC Beneteay I dont think will suit your purpse. It is OK as a Bay boat. It is ponderously slow, and the sea motion is not gentle. My freind 2 slips from me has one. You are virtually 24 ft from the bow at the helm.

If you are willing to go another 3- 5 years out, production boats still quality and it opens up the 40 fters.

David I know you can handle a 40 ft easily and the added length and weight will give you icreased comfort at sea, anchor and more tankage.
I still prefer the Catalina

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Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

The original poster said, " I would love to have it as small as possible. The further under 40' the happier I would be." Most responding seem to ignore his size criteria which are very sensible indeed. Bigger boats have the potential drive older cruisers out of sailing faster than would be the case if they were sailing more moderately sized vessels. This guy is 65 years old. How long do you expect him to hoist a 350 sq ft mainsail, or a 33 lb anchor? Several older friends have been overwhelmed by the demands of the bigger boats -- expensive maintenance and strength demands -- and dropped out of sailing altogether. OTOH, I know couples in their eighties who continue to cruise for months each year aboard a J/28 and a Sabre 34.

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OTOH, I know couples in their eighties who continue to cruise for months each year aboard a J/28 and a Sabre 34.
Do any of the boats like this or maybe slightly bigger have two cabins?
Sadly this is not my requirement and I have not been able to get my wife to budge off it.
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Yeh, the J/32 and the Jeanneau 34.2 both have three cabins. Info on the J/32 is still available on the J/Boats website. You'll have to dig a little harder to find info on the Jeanneau
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Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

With a max of $200k, you certainly have some options in new boats from the big production builders, but you will loose more selling it after 5 years of cruising. Those 5 years, "should" however be free of big expenditure and needed upgrades versus used boats.
I agree with Chef on this:1998 Pacific Seacraft Ericson 380 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com.
This would be a very nice cruiser, if you can budge on the draft:
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Every boat will be a compromise of some sort.
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Nicely written. Good luck with your new boat.
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Thanks! I learned alot from the forums reading all these "best boat" posts and tried to distill it for others.
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Re: Boat Candidate options wanted

Another boat that meets the original poster's criteria is the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35.
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