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Need help on final purchase decision!

Please read my post here and please let me know what you guys think?
Final Decisions on sailboats - help needed!
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Which ever boat you decide to acquire won't really be yours until you have done some maintenance on it. Turn key ready don't really make it yours until you have worked on the boat toward the improvements that you want for that boat.
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Yes I understand that. Just wanting opinions on which would be the best build and make along with being easy to sail and learn with.
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BTW: I'm having a similar decision problem also.
Have the money and having a tad problem of letting it go toward anything.
But there are a couple of boats out there on Yachtworld.com that are very very tempting.
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Both, Helsen and S23 North American Spirit are good sailboats but like all sailboats, without proper maintenance, you could be spending more money then just your straight out purchase. If your range is 20' to 23', there are many sailboats to choose from. Ask yourself why do want to sail? Just to get out on the water or race in the local club or sail with your family around the local waters, etc... Figure out the type of sailing first and then that will direct you in the right sailboat, not just the sailboat that is near your house.
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Neither of these boats are close to home - both 3 hours away one way. I want to cruise the lake, learn to sail and enjoy time out with friends. Not ready for racing.
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Com-Pac 23 are nice small cabin sailboats, well built and with a good size cabin for the size. Heavy and not fast.

Something that is a little more fun and faster would be a S2 7.3. I was always a big fan of S2s.
You could go with more popular modesl like Catalina Capri 22 and Oday 22 or 23. We had an older Oday 27, loved it and was well built.
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"But there are a couple of boats out there on Yachtworld.com that are very very tempting."

Boasun, remember, the grass is always greener over the septic tank. :-)
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