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A little help choosing a little boat

Looking for a 28'-29' boat for coastal cruising and possibly a little phrf racing. We are trying to decide between a Freedom 28, Ericson 28+, Ericson 29, Islander 28, C&C 29II, and a Cal 28. I was hoping to hear from those who have hands on experience with these boats or other boats this size. Unfortunately our slip will not accommodate anything larger than 29'.
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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

Knowing what region you're in will help with with suggestions and comment.
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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

I am located in Southern California where, unfortunately, Sabres, Tartans, Pearsons and S2's are pretty rare. The boats I listed are all for sale in the area and in the 15k - 25k price range I am shopping.
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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

Well thats easy! Cal 28+.....Dale
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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

I looked at much of that list when buying my Pearson 28-2 (not a common boat in Seattle either, but I was lucky to come across one).

I don't think the Freedom 28/29 is well suited to PHRF racing. It's just too different. I also didn't like having the mast come down in the center of the V-berth.

C&C 29 or Islander 28 would be at the top of my list from what you listed. Maybe the Ericson 28+, but I didn't look at any of those.

You might also try to see a Olson 911S. They will perform better than anything else that you've listed, can sometimes be in the same price range, and has a nice cruiseable interior. We looked at once that was in terrible shape, but it made me interested in finding other examples. They are pretty common on the west coast.
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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

I also wouldn't
hesitate to recommend the Cal 28-2 from that group. The 28-2 is a lovely small cruiser with a good turn the speed and designed with an excellent interior. If you can spend a little more money you could look for J 28 which would give you all the performance you'll ever find that size boat.

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Re: A little help choosing a little boat

J-28 would fit right in here. Though not many were built and it commands a bit of a premium over the others.

I've always had a thing for the Pearson 28, and J-28 for their aft-head arrangements which seem particularly well suited to a boat this size.

If I were to trade for a more "practical boat" at basically the same size and fixed costs those would be high on my list.
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