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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

I just saw this in another thread (full disclosure: I am completely unaffiliated):
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/boat-b...1985-sale.html

It looks like it fits your requirements. Maybe add Oday 222 as a possibility?
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

The Oday looks like a great starter boat
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

That is a little out of my price range honestly... my budget, realistically, is $3000 or less. My wife isn't exactly pumped to drop a bunch of money on a boat even though we could easily afford a $7000+ one.

I am glad you posted that though. The more boats I learn about that fit my needs the better, so that I can keep an eye out. Also, let's not forget I have only been sailing ONCE andI have yet to take any classes, so it might be a little while before I actually buy (unless there is a deal I can't pass up); I just like to have my ducks in a row.

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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

Have fun looking for now, but until you're done with your classes at Belle Haven, you'd be best off renting a few times. Both BH and Washington Sailing Marina have Flying Scots for rent. If you don't mind getting a little wet, BH has Sunfishes and WSC has Aqua Fins - both a tight fit for two people, though. Renting will allow you to hone your skills a bit and make sure the family wants to do it before taking the plunge to buy.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

Oh I definitely plan on doing just that. The only way I'd buy a boat soon is if a great deal came up. Since I don't even know what a great deal is haha I doubt it will be this season.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

stegosaurus,
I own the 1985 O'Day 222 that was kindly referred to and live less than a mile away from the Belle Haven marina. I would have sold it through George but they're no longer allowed to sell boats on the property; National Park rules or something.
Many, many people started sailing there just like you, I had a slip there and windsurfed and sailed O'Days and Catalinas and Flying Scots and paddled canoes, etc.... right there on the Potomac; I know the water.
The O'Day 222 is the perfect boat for the upper Potomac with the center board and kick up rudder, and believe me, you will run aground. Had a friend open up the stern on his Catalina 25 just north of the Wilson Bridge in the shallows.
PM me and let's talk, not just about my boat but what's best for you at this point. Owning a boat may or may not be best, and someone will buy mine in time.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

Rythmdoctor's post on renting makes a lot of sense and I think you should continue to rent. If you can go out during the week, just wait for wind and run on down to the marina and rent a boat.
Boat slips, that's the problem. You will not find a place to keep a boat on the Upper Potomac. The only way to get a slip or a mooring is to buy a boat that comes with a slip. Fort Washington Marina is really pretty with floating docks and I liked it there for a several years.
I feel your excitement and all good things will come in time, and it will be better if you don't skip the steps: classes, rental then ownership (followed by divorce, AA and you living aboard with the spiders). Make sure your wife is happy with the process and all will be ok.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

I used to sail my O'Day Daysailer out of the Washington Sailing Marina. Kept it on a trailer during the season (MUCH cheaper than keeping a boat in the water). In and out was very little trouble unless the ramp was crowded on the weekends with boardsailers. We could easily take it down to Alexandria and south of the WW bridge. Need to keep track of the tides -- at low tide, coming back into the ramp without an outboard can be tricky.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

Yeah, people keep mentioning just launching and I would love to save the money, but I don't have a vehicle that could launch a boat.
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Re: Best boat for up the Potomac?

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stegosaurus,
I own the 1985 O'Day 222 that was kindly referred to and live less than a mile away from the Belle Haven marina. I would have sold it through George but they're no longer allowed to sell boats on the property; National Park rules or something.
Many, many people started sailing there just like you, I had a slip there and windsurfed and sailed O'Days and Catalinas and Flying Scots and paddled canoes, etc.... right there on the Potomac; I know the water.
The O'Day 222 is the perfect boat for the upper Potomac with the center board and kick up rudder, and believe me, you will run aground. Had a friend open up the stern on his Catalina 25 just north of the Wilson Bridge in the shallows.
PM me and let's talk, not just about my boat but what's best for you at this point. Owning a boat may or may not be best, and someone will buy mine in time.
Yeah, the O'day seems pretty good (along with the o'day 23 and Morgan 22 etc). So far the Morgan 22 seems to be the best, but its not like id pass up the others. Oh, I can't pm you yet Yado , so I chat messaged you just waiting for you to accept...
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