Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Marquette, MI
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Best 30' boat for me
I'll be in the market to buy a boat in a year or so, and i've started doing some research to see what i might want, too many choices! All of my sailing experience has come from racing (420's, flying scots, j24's, 210's, ensigns) and i want a boat that will put a grin on my face (fast). Ideally i'd want something myself and a couple of friends can camp out on overnight. I'm 6'5, but i'm also 23 so i guess headroom isn't a huge deal, i can crawl. I currently live on lake superior so i'm basing my choices on what would be good to sail on that body of water.
So far i've looked at Olson 30s, Evelyn 32-2, J27s, Express 27s, and am also curious if a j29 would fit the bill. I'd like to stay in the $20k range, and cost of ownership is also an influence.
I like the large cockpits of the above designs. Curious on your thoughts of these boats being suitable for me, which one you might perfer, and if there are any others i'm overlooking?