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1978 Islander Yachts Islander 28 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Given your age I think a reliable diesel, reliable autopilot and a roller furling headsail are essentials. Self tailers on the genoa sheets are desireable but not essential and an easy retrofit as is a simple wheelpilot!

The one above comes with a salon heater which I think might become more important than the heated shower. But having both would be good.
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As shown by TQA, up the price by $5K and you have a pretty decent potential boat. The I28 would make a great boat for cruising around here. From the pics, that particular one might need a bit o love on the inside, like new varnish etc. Maybe new cushions........ but overall, reasonably good shape. If you can go $15-25K for a boat, your options will be opened up a lot.

Now as far as your boat choices, yes they are good. BUT, frankly, a boat with a deep fin will be better than a boat with a full keel from a being able to sail. We do get a lot of lighter wind days, ie 5-15, so an easily moved boat is better than a full keel slug if you will.

Please note, I am trying to avoid saying brands and models, more of a general like and dislike from my end. When I went looking for my current boat after a 20 some odd yr hiatus from sailing, Jeanneau's and beneteaus were off my list. I found an 85 Jeanneau, went and looked at it, wife fell in love with the interior vs other more common brands....we do not have a shower, but overall, she is a nice sailing handling etc boat. It took raising our limit about $5G to get into her.

You might also look at older Good Old Boat, Sailing, among other magazines, as they have reviews on older boats.

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There is a yachtworld search for up to 30', $25K US cost, turned up 200 some odd boats. Unfortunetly some were new boats that do not have a cost listed, but skim over those, you can see plenty of boats that will work! There are a few I would skip, a Cal9.2 as I mentioned before, a Peterson Half ton at about 19K IIRC, these two have the pinched stern IOR shape mentioned earlier that would not be fun to sail SH wise. BUT< a number of Tartans, Ericson, Islander, Catalina, Hunter, Bayfield, C&C....... Albin Vega mentioned earlier, all would make great cruisers around here. Some might be a bit too far away, ala Portland OR.

48north, has a private for sale classified in the back. Along with a select broker listing. This is a local freeby magazine you can find at local boat shops.

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