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Alberg 29

Hi everyone,

I don't know a lot about sailboats. I've sailed J24's, Harbour 20's and a 47 ft Beneteau Oceanis for one week. I know I have to get more experience with different boats before buying one, but I was just curious what people though of the Alberg 29?

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I'm thinking about buying a 30 ft range boat for Lake Ontario next summer, so I still have over a year to research it.
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From the boats you have sailed on, you would be taking a big step down as far as performance. What kind of sailing are you planning to do?
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Mostly cruising. Eventually I would like to sail around Georgian bay for a month, maybe take the canal from Lake Ontario.

The Beneteau was incredible, but way out of my price range unfortunately. Really like the J24's, they are my favourite at the club I belong too, but I would like something bigger when I buy my own. I've also sailed Sonars, but not a huge fan of them.
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Mostly cruising. Eventually I would like to sail around Georgian bay for a month, maybe take the canal from Lake Ontario.

The Beneteau was incredible, but way out of my price range unfortunately. Really like the J24's, they are my favourite at the club I belong too, but I would like something bigger when I buy my own. I've also sailed Sonars, but not a huge fan of them.
A couple boats you might want to look at would be a J30 and a Catalina 30.

The J30 is going to be a lot like the J24s you like, but bigger. It can definitely be cruised, but leans more towards racing/weekending. Depending on what you feel you need in a cruising boat, this might be one to look at.

The Catalina will be more spacious and fits more into what you might expect in a cruising boat. It is not nearly as fast as a J30, but is still quite a step up from the Alberg. It is basically halfway between the J30 and the Alberg, and should approximate the speed of a J24, albeit in a bigger boat so it won't feel quite as fast.

There are lots of examples of both of these boats out there. I would see if you could find a way to get a ride on both types this summer to see which type you feel fits you better. There are also a lot of other boats in this size range that I would look at before the Alberg.
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Hi everyone,

I don't know a lot about sailboats. I've sailed J24's, Harbour 20's and a 47 ft Beneteau Oceanis for one week. I know I have to get more experience with different boats before buying one, but I was just curious what people though of the Alberg 29?

I'm thinking about buying a 30 ft range boat for Lake Ontario next summer, so I still have over a year to research it.
The Alberg would be a great boat to sail Lake Ontario, that is where my Alberg 30 was from, very popular there.

But I would not recommend an Alberg in this case.

I also spent a week on a Beneteau and they are great boats. If I could have a lifestyle where I had a boat at a nearby marina for weekends and vacations a Beneteau would be very high on my list. Fast, light, easy to handle, lots of interior space, everything the Alberg is not.

I think there are better boats out there for you, newer ones too!
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Thanks for the info guys. So much information, it's kind of overwhelming. I think learning about the boats and finding one will be harder than actually learning how to sail.
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Opinions Are like, well. I say anything Alberg designed is good and arguably
the most seaworthy off the mentioned boats.
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