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I'm a 27 yr old male looking to buy a sailboat. I'm not sure as to what i want exactly and need ideas. I really like the late 70- late 80 Catalina 25's mainly cause of cost. I'm looking to spend $1500-$3500. I asume i need a folding keel cause i'll be in lakes. I will be staying n it a few days at a time. Want min 24 ft tv sink table and sleep 4 REALLY close friends. Any ideas as to what i should seek? What olther brands would i like?
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Given your budget, you're likely not going to get a boat that has a TV... or the electrical system to support using one aboard.

Also, most of the boats in that size range are going to be really, really tight for four people. You might want to check out Henkel's book, The Sailor's Handbook of Small Cruising Sailboats.

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