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Re: Boat brands
I agree with Rik - you won't know until you've been aboard a bunch of them. As Algee said, there's something for everyone. Some here absolutely LOVE their Macgregors. Others wouldn't touch them with a 100-foot pole. Some only want "blue water", deep keel boats. Others want something different. Some want tillers, some want wheels.
Fundamentally, there are boats that tend to be of lesser build quality (like some of the late 1980's Hunters), or lesser sailing ability. But in many cases, even a given manufacturer will have some boats that are great, and some that just aren't. Get aboard a lot of boats, figure out what you think will work for you, then come back and ask for feedback on 3, 5, 8, or however many boats you think are interesting. You'll hear the positives and negatives, and then can make an informed decision. But right now, for the most part, it's going to be tough to answer that question.
In the end, you're going to be stuck picking from whatever is available. You might find that the boat in the best condition that's in your budget is a Macgregor, or a Hunter. In that case, if someone told you to avoid them, you'd have crossed that boat off your list and would never have seen it. As Alex_W said in one of your other threads, the real goal is to buy the boat that's in the best condition possible for your budget. So, I wouldn't rule out anything at this point.
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