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New to sailing looking for a boat

I have been keen on starting sailing for years now and I think I am ready to purchase a boat. I am looking for something I can sail solo when I am ready, I am just wondering if this vessel would be appropriate.

http://www.rnyc.nf.ca/PDF/Sale%20Hiway%20Cafe.pdf
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It is not my vessel. There are very limited selection of vessel's for sale here in Newfoundland, Canada. This is the one that stood out in the amount I wanna spend at the moment

http://newfoundland.kijiji.ca/c-View...AdId=299179526

here is another for around the same price.
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I think you would be happier with Boat No. 2.

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Bit bigger is nice. My only problem is it does not come with a trailer and I have to haul it to the other side of the island (700km).
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Ditto on # 2. Nice looking boat.
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What are you planning on doing with the boat? If you want to race or just day sail, the I think the J24 no question. If you want to overnight or take a cruise then I would say the Grampain 26. Both are terrific boats but they excel at different things.
Good luck with the search.

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There is some big water out there on the East Coast. For my money I'd go for the Grampian over the J/24. I've consulted with Cap'n Carl on your behalf and the capsize ratio of the Grampian is a respectable 1.89 whilst the J/24 has a "topple over at the drop of a hat" capsize ratio of 2.56. What is the driver? Is it budget or what you intend to do with the boat? How about an Alberg 30? You could find one in your price range and you would be hard-pressed to find a boat that is more seaworthy and capable of what the East Coast can dole out. My $0.47
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If there's any overnighting or cruising in the cards the Grampian would be the better choice, I think. They are actually surprisingly quick upwind when well-sailed, roomy for their size and vintage.

Seems perhaps a tad overpriced, but that's negotiable and may be normal for your area/market (offer them half unless they paint it .. that's a pretty glaring yellow!!)

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Like Kivalo says, it all depends upon what you want to do with the boat. The J/24 is great for bopping around, obviously has its own trailer, and can move in light air. Lots of deck to stretch out on, and a big cockpit for partying. Overnight accommodations... not so much.
The Grampian has headroom! Bunks! But very little space on deck, and I suspect the cockpit is fairly small (you should check). Both are good boats, (though every boat is different - one might be in better shape than the other - you never know). It's a bit like the difference between a minivan and a sports car. YOUR plans will make one better than the other for YOU. THEN you can look at what condition the boat is actually in. Happy hunting!
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My only problem is it does not come with a trailer and I have to haul it to the other side of the island (700km).
How far is that by water in NM ?
If you are just buying a boat because it has a trailer you can look for one further from home anyway, right?

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