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Re: Old boat and fix it up or newer boat with few frills?

Do you have any particular models, brands, or styles in mind yet?
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Re: Old boat and fix it up or newer boat with few frills?

Love the Pilot 35.... But I can NOT wrap my head around a boat w/ a PHRF of 200+.

My Merlin rates 126, has a lot more room than the admittedly gorgeous Pilot 35 and sails faster too. Could use a bit more room for stowage down below but ....

I would go w/ a good solid decently equipped older boat of a proven design and gradually upgrade. I make a point of doing something everytime I go to my boat (1+45 driving each way, ugh) even if it's just replacing the almost stripped out screws in the latches on the companionway ladder. Or cleaning the water tanks. Whatever, I do something each trip and try to sail each trip. But I like working on boats.
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Re: Old boat and fix it up or newer boat with few frills?

Do Not think about cruising Boats in Terms of LOA -


think displacement and beam


Also once you get Past 7-10 years Age isn't The Key Variable. After a certain age, the key variable is maintence.

FYI - watermakers break down...a lot
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