Boy, I'm frustrated by prices here in Arizona, they seem to be 25-30% higher than any coastal community. I spend tons of time on-line just looking at boats and prices in California and Florida and when the occasional boat becomes for sale here in Arizona the price isn't even close to others I see around the country.
I'm still looking for the perfect 1st boat and passed on a Catalina 25 that need a fair amount of work, mostly detailing, lines, pulleys, blocks and a new outboard for somewhere in the mid $6's and they were asking mid $8's. I just felt like I could be into this boat for another $4,000 or more easy and quickly and if that was the case I may just as well buy a nicer boat like the 27 below.
Then I saw a really nice, mint Catalina 27 for $10k and it's still available at that price but I'm sort of intimidated by the size and the fact I would be held hostage on haul outs if I needed one. It also had a diesel inboard, which I really don't 100% need for a large lake. Then you also have stuffing box issues, through hulls, transmissions, yada, yada, yada. It was beautiful though and would need nothing. It would be also very roomy and comfortable for spending the whole weekend on it
Then today I saw this posted:
CATALINA 1987 SAILBOAT 22 '
It looks loved, but $8,000+ for a Catalina 22
I'm going to look at it in the morning as it would be less to slip, insure and maintain than the 27.