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Again, thanks for the insights. To minimize maintenance hassle, my inclination is more toward small and newer, rather than larger and older. My bias going in had been toward Hunters. (My Dad owned a 37, and it was great). But I looked at a bunch of boats this weekend and (like elkscout above) I was surprised to find the Hunter interiors disappointing. But the Catalinas (32 and up) seem able to accomodate 2 couples surprisingly well, with the most important difference verses other models being the size of the sleeping areas. Since I owned a Catalina for 20 years, I start with some confidence in the company and their design.
I readily acknowledge that, as many of you correctly suggested, my target price is unrealistically low. The question now is by how much. Hopefully going with slightly smaller, and maybe a few years older, I can come relatively close. I'll let you know, and will most definitely check out the inspection tips thread suggested by sailingdog. Thanks for that.
Last edited by gregwet; 02-28-2010 at 10:12 PM.