first sailed january 2008
Join Date: Mar 2008
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Re: Looking to sail again! Need some advice
If you're not planning on doing competitive racing, aren't j/24s priced a little higher with the race set in mind? I think you could find a more obscure boat for less, but just as good. Like you said, you don't want a mass produced boat anyways.
If its your first boat I would recommend not getting involved with any kind of fixer upper. It's got a good chance to be more of a fixer than you realize and you want to be out there sailing, not fixing. For $7000 you can get a real nice 25 footer, ready to go. Maybe only comfortable for four people though, at least for me. I feel cramped quickly.