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Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Cant believe how ****** up it is trying to narrow down my first bigger boat. j24. pearson 30, cal 9.2, cat 27, c and c? Trying to find something to sail in lake st. clair. Most of the time it will be just me. also know some folks and will probably do the tue. night races as well eventually. Just want something stable enough to be able to handle alone and something small enough to not cost me a fortune on slips and such. Boat will mostly be day sailed and raced although I would like some option of going through the great lakes and even the Mac race. Any help appreciated.
Edit: budget is 15k and under and that includes any possible needed upgrades and slip as well.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

That is a very diverse list of boats. It's good to look at every option on the market, but you should also think about what you need in terms of space below and performance. A J/24 and Catalina 27 are sort of like saying that you are buying a car and the list includes both a Miata and a Ford Taurus Wagon.

As with any big used purchase (like a house or car) it takes a while to find a good candidate. The hunt is both fun and aggravating, but the right boat will come along.

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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Can't help you with the racing side of life, but if you're looking for a solid, inexpensive Great Lakes cruiser, I'd consider a Grampian 26, or a 30. The Northern 29 is a good boat, as is the 25. C&C 29s are good racer/cruisers (probably more racer than cruiser). Pearson 30 would be good. Not sure if a Nonsuch 26 is in the budget, but would be a comfortable cruiser. Bayfield 29s might be in your range. Good solid boat. Pretty too.

There are lots out there.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Maybe a 1-off racing boat... (seeing as you are planning on racing)... Merit, Capri, Mirage 236, san jaun, siedelman, S2 7.9 grand slam, or perhaps a slightly faster cruiser, Hunter 26.5, Hunter 25.5, probably a dozen others that CAN be sailed to their rating, and single handed.

I'd be looking for a boat around $8000 or less. Because your first purchase will likely be sails. You are looking for a boat that you can single hand and sail to it's rating.. tall order.

Exactly what I've tried to do... then you just have to do it.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Yep, guess I'm on the right track then. Exactally my thoughts. Its kind of comming down to do I want a tralierable boat that I can pick up or do I want a 30' that I have to have delievered or find a close one. Then pay for a slip asap so I can park it? Plus the bigger ones are older and in need of more cash. Sons a bitches.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Cape Dory made a ton of good quality boats, many in the 25 to 30 ft range. They are not racers but they can handle any kind of weather (within reason) if you want to do some crusing.

Plug you budget and size into one of the search engines like boats.com amd yachtworld.com, you might find a make of boat you never considered.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Lake St. Clair- find the best shoal draft S2 8.0 you can find- you'll be well under budget, (A good S2 8.0 shouldn't set you back more than $10K), have a great tough little racer cruiser that can take advantage of St. Clair's everchanging depth, and work well in St. Clair's flukey winds. Lots of them are close by. I know of a better-than-average one up this way in the sub$10K price range, that wouldn't cost a ton to be delivered... or sail her back yourself on a long weekend.
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Lake St. Clair- find the best shoal draft S2 8.0 you can find- you'll be well under budget, (A good S2 8.0 shouldn't set you back more than $10K), have a great tough little racer cruiser that can take advantage of St. Clair's everchanging depth, and work well in St. Clair's flukey winds. Lots of them are close by. I know of a better-than-average one up this way in the sub$10K price range, that wouldn't cost a ton to be delivered... or sail her back yourself on a long weekend.
Please let me know. I am ready to go. PM me or email me or just hit me up right here.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

abraham,
I'll send you a pm shortly.
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Re: Sucks trying to nail down a boat.

Ha Ha...you think it suks looking for a boat...believe me, the suks and the suks BIGtime starts after you own it.
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