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Re: First Boat Buying Advice

I really like the idea of a sailing club, but unless there are some that are more affordable and/or closer I just don't see that working out. Taking the above Boston Sailing Center for example...I would have to commute 1hr+ each way then pay either $1100 to use boats that aren't even close to the style I'm looking at, or pay $2770 + $850 for a prerequisite sailing course at which point I'm already over budget and the boats still aren't really the ones I'd be looking at buying.

I really like the idea of being able to drive 5 minutes to the boat ramp and be sailing in well under an hour. Not to mention I would own the boat and not have to renew membership fees when I want to sail next summer.
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Re: First Boat Buying Advice

Just to an idea about what boats are out there in your price range just plug in your requirements into search site like yachtworld or boats.com. Don't search for any particular make. You can limit the search by state or region also. You might see something you never gave any thought to.
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Re: First Boat Buying Advice

Sailboatlistings.com is another good one: http://www.sailboatlistings.com/cgi-...setts&sb=5&so=
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How about the Precision 23 or S-2 7.9.
There is about a zero percent chance he is going to find a 7.9 in his price range, and like someone said above, the 7.9 is more of a boat you can trailer than a true trailerable boat, I know I sure wouldn't want to rig ours every time we wanted to sail. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE ours, but I don't think that that is what he is looking for right now! That said, we are putting ours on the trailer next week and taking it to a much larger lake for a four day cruise..
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Re: First Boat Buying Advice

Capri 18 is probably trailer-sailable, but borderline stiff enough for larger waters.
Capri 22 is also trailer-sailable (I've done it solo), setup time is about 1 hour... It'd be a lot of work, but the wing keel model is launchable at a decent ramp without drowning the truck, default newer config is an extendable tongue, the tilting trailer on the older models doesn't really help launch it.

These are big for trailerables... and the 22 is a decent performer PHRF 210 without spin. 204 with spin. the Capri 18 is a slug, but smaller, and easier to solo launch.

The S2 7.9 is a great boat, but day sailing it from trailer would be a struggle. I wouldn't recommend my Capri 25, or a J/22 or 24 for the same reasons.

Other considerations... Hunter 23... Precision 21... (Precision 18, but might be too light for larger waters).

Compac 19 or 23... the 19 is doable as a trailer day sail, the 23 probably a lot harder, both are not real sporty.

If you hit the lottery, the Left Coast Dart is an option (I'm trying Jim Lee, hey someone will take you up on it - and I can live vicariously)...
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I really like the idea of being able to drive 5 minutes to the boat ramp and be sailing in well under an hour. Not to mention I would own the boat and not have to renew membership fees when I want to sail next summer.
OK, here you go, local and affordable:

Lincoln Maritime Center | Providing sailing and rowing instruction and community access to the waterfront in picturesque Hingham Harbor.
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OK, here you go, local and affordable:
That is too funny, I literally have that link to the oday copied to my clipboard and was just about to post and ask if anyone thought it was a good deal. It seems to be priced a little higher than other odays I've seen, but it also seems like its in a lot better condition that the others. Is that your boat? or did you just find it on craigslist?

That club is definitely more affordable, but unless I'm missing something, you can't sail anything larger than a 420 or laser which I already have 3 years experience on.
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....ask if anyone thought it was a good deal. It seems to be priced a little higher than other odays I've seen, but it also seems like its in a lot better condition that the others. ...
I thought of this tread when I saw the boat.

FWIW, you really cant expect useful advice about price of a specific boat on a board, as the value of a boat varies dramatically with the quality of its upkeep and the upgrades the owner has installed.,

My personal general rule, is the the lower the price (versus median) the less likely the boat is worth that price, the higher the price (versus median), the more likely the boat may be a good value.
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