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First Sailboat Suggestions
I'll start by saying what a great forum this is. I have been lurking for awhile and have decided to reach out for some advice. This year I have had the pleasure of sailing for the first time with a friend of mine. He has a late 70's Pearson 26. I am now interested in a boat of my own. I should be able to get a mooring for ~$1,000 per season and will not need to have my mast stepped down for storage. I am handy and can do a fair amount of maintenance myself
There have been a couple things I have learned I either want or do not want from sailing aboard the Pearson 26.
#1- I am 6' tall. I need either a tall boom I can stand under without hunching, or one that swings in front of the steering wheel.
#2- I am not interested in a tiller steer and want a steering wheel. See #1. I would prefer one with some type of brake.
#3- Length. I think I need something slightly bigger than the 26'. Budget will prevent me from going too big. I was unable to sleep in the Vberth or on either side berth.
#4- Inboard or Kicker? Honestly I could go either way. The Inboard seem like they would be quieter while in the cockpit, but the kicker seems easier to replace and fix.
To date I have only looked at one sail boat. An O'Day 28. I liked a lot about the boat. Wide beam, made the cabin feel big. I still did not fit well in the V berth, but the boat did have a place to sleep with your feet half below the cockpit. I really liked that. The Pearson does not have this space. The 28 ODay also had a steering wheel with brake. The only thing I was not crazy about was the engine. This particular boat had a 2 stroke SailDrive (some sort of outboard that goes through the hull). Otherwise I like the boat a lot. Ideally I would like to spend less than $10,000 and preferably closer to $6,000.
So long message, but what other boats should I be looking at based on my wants and description?