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How about a San Juan 23? Nice pocket cruiser, swing keel, easy on your pocket book.
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Cool San Juan 23

Nice boats, don't want swing keel though.
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Down to two now, Catboat and Mirage

Eliminated all but the Catboat (which we had a sea trial on Sunday) and the Mirage. Beautiful weather in Vancouver but no wind. Solid, secure and slow in light winds. Going to have one last look at Mirage today or tomorrow and then decide. Both really well cared for boats Catboat is 2001, Mirage is 1987. Mirage is $10,000 more than the Catboat so will see if a reasonable offer will get it. I know, everybody has correctly pointed out that these are so different that we should really think about what we want.....but we like them both!
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Good luck in the decision... here's hoping for more breeze next time.

Have you looked south of the border at all??
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south of the border?

Have had friends that have purchased from the states but have so much going on in life that I don't know where I would get the time, as well, my wife would have to see whatever was chosen and she works a LOT! This time we will shop at home. It was interesting to note that boats for sale on Vancouver Island were, for the most part a lot better maintained than Vancouver boats, I guess it is the busy lifestyle and time needed to spend on your boat. One I looked at at Burrard had so much growth on it that you couldn't see the propeller for the barnacles etc.... Fairwinds and Deep Bay boats were the cleanest, followed by Sidney then Victoria....Maybe just a lot of the owner's are retired and spend more time on their boats. Interesting though.
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Yes, there are some sad examples of neglect out there... we were at the Goldstream marina at the end of Saanich inlet this past month... some real sad sights there.

Hard to understand why someone would bother to keep up moorage payments (not cheap!) and fail to maintain the boat itself....

Keep in mind, though, that you can get to Bellingham (most days) quicker than you can to Vancouver Island.. and the delivery may well be shorter too....
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Cape Cod Catboat eliminated

Well, regretfully we have eliminated the Catboat from our possibilities. Although it is beautifully built and an even better deal financially. This is our first sailboat in over 20 years and if we are to use our first boat as our "training" boat, we decided that a sloop would be best as if we ever moved up size wise it would likely be another sloop.

So we are actively looking for a boat priced around $12,000 in the Vancouver area and there seem to be lots of choices and apparently there will be more as the Fall season arrives. Lots of stuff for sale out there at low prices but we want a well maintained boat so will be patient.

Anybody in the Vancouver area that likes Cape Cod catboats....I know where there is a beautiful example at a fire sale price! (crome@telus.net)
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... there seem to be lots of choices and apparently there will be more as the Fall season arrives. ...
We bought our boat in October and the seller was anxious to get it off her hands so she wouldn't have to pay another months' slip fee, insurance and winter haul out. It was only three days between having our offer accepted, sending the certified check and then jumping on the boat to bring it home. You might want to be prepared to move on things quickly if you find the boat that you want and the seller wants it gone before another month of fees come around. If someone can take it off their hands more quickly, you might lose out.

The downside to buying in October was that it was just in time to haul out for the winter. So we had a beautiful sail back to our marina and then had to suffer all winter, anxiously awaiting spring.

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Fall Boat purchase

I'm hoping for the next few weeks to find something. Difference here is that there is no haul out, we sail all year around so motivation is not so strong here!
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I'm sure you've done this, but just in case:

(Sail) Cruiser/Racer Boats For Sale

This one, with trailer and tender available too. looks interesting...

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1979.../United-States
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