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Thanks for the info. I will cruise the marina soon as the frigging ice is gone. sorry not a winter guy. In terms of a boat I am hoping for something that I wont outgrow in a few years 8 k budget and able to handle some heavy weather..I have been looking at a cape dory 25, open to anything, Is there and stability plus or negs with a swing keel .
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Swing keels are all negatives. They make noises, the trunk makes noises, if they fall off you are in deep doo doo. If the pennant breaks you might be in deep doo doo. If the bolt breaks you are in deep doo doo. If they rust you are going to have a hard time removing and refurbing them. ...

I hate swing keels.
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thats kind of my logic given my budget dictates a 30 old boat.
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Another great resource is Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Too late for this years courses, but for next fall they offer classroom courses on basic boating, seamanship sail and power, navigation, weather, etc. Check them out.

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I think we must have a local chapter.. Thanks I hadn't thought of that. any thoughts on importing a us boat.
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8k is a decent budget. A grampian 26 is another good Georgian bay cruiser.
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I think we must have a local chapter.. Thanks I hadn't thought of that. any thoughts on importing a us boat.
Highly recommend the CPSS courses - easy to find these offered just about anywhere in Canada.

Importing a boat is dead simple - easier if it's not trailerable (getting the trailer itself approved will be the biggest hurdle, believe it or not). Don't try to BS them on the price to save on taxes/duties anymore - even the Customs can google or craigslist and they will do so to check prices. Never forget that the CBSA has more power (and you fewer rights) than with the police.

No duties on any North American built boat anymore, but you'll still be liable for the taxes when you bring it home. - you should be able to exempt yourself from the state taxes when you buy it across the line.

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