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Hey all, So I am currently in the process of looking for a boat and well its no easy task. My first thought was to get a small weekender 20-25 foot to further my experience sailing before I move up to the big leagues of a liveaboard. After doing some craigslist surfing and finding anything local that is going to cost me 3k-8k for a decent boat. My next thought was to get something a little older 10k-15k that I could spend some time working on and sailing to eventually become my liveaboard boat (fearful of fixing something up because I know it can dig huge holes in your pockets). My final thought after doing some more shopping is to go with a 25k-40k boat(really like the 2000 hunter 290) that I can jump into living on and sailing. Yes at that price I would have to finance but I can live with it and I know living aboard I can get that paid off in a couple years. Need some advice on what stage to go with, what do you think? what experiences can you share that might lead me to make the best decision. Ive always herd bigger is better to an extent, manageable by just me. Let me know what you think.

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My thoughts are that buying a smaller boat with a planned update is just throwing money away. BTW - a 29' boat is still just a small boat/

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Don, Thanks for the advice I agree with you. a 29 may seem small but its all I need since its just me on the boat and the price on them is manageable.
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Only 1 boat for you... a Mac 26x... don't blame me I'm just the messenger.

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Shnool, Appreciate the feedback but I personally don't like the design of that boat nor do I need an outboard motor like most are equipt with.
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There are so many things that make price and length less than the ideal criteria for evaluation (not to sound like SD :-) ) Can you tell us where you sail and what (besides living on the boat) you'd like to do with her? Maybe you'll get some better suggestions.
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Blowinstink, over the next 2 years I will be sailing around the east coast of Florida and the upper bahamas. I have a 3-5 yr plan to set sail for a circumnavigation pending funds. Looking for something that's worthy for a solo sailor that's not going to cost me my soul.
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I was in a similar situation last year, going back and forth between those 3 options. I had it narrowed down to a Typhoon Sr. or Quickstep 24 on the small end, a 1988 28' Freedom sloop in the middle and a 2001 Hunter 310 on the upper end. We ended up going for the middle option as we could pay cash and still maintain the ongoing operating costs. We have been quite happy, the smaller boats really would have been a challenge to overnight comfortably and the stress of the higher cost of the Hunter wouldn't have been worth it for us. Best of luck in finding a boat that works for you.
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Sounds like fun Eric! I wonder whether you can't accomplish that in a boat in the middle range without too much "upgrading". Is it just you living aboard? I was happy as hell on a 33'er (very small for a 33'er) in FL and the Abacos for a couple months. Seems to me there are plenty of boats from CD 27's & 28's for 10-12K to Catalina 30's for 10-15K that would fit the bill nicely if you are willing to go with a well maintained older boat. Some of it is how much "creature comfort" and "modern styling" you want / need . . . from the frosty NE, I can tell you that stuff seems pretty secondary at the moment!

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