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Prospective sailor.....

...saying Hello!

Long time lurker here and figger'd that it was time to sign on and come aboard.

Sailed a dink as a younger man. Kids and family came along and y'all know where that went . Friends have a sport-cruiser on the Bay and I spend time with them. Seems there's "boat people" and then there's ev'ry one else. They say I'm boat people Now it's just me and my spacial needs are light.
Retirement comes along next season and it has been offered that I should find a decent size boat and live aboard.

To that end, I'm searching for a smaller boat..mebbe 24 footer..to get my feet wet and see if I have what it takes....to see if I love the water as much as I think I do. If I can get by on a 24' boat for a season or two, I will be looking to upgrade to something capable of cruising the ICW and spending time bouncing from bay to Bay.

Thanks for all the (anonymous) help so far. The FAQs, threads and reviews have been awesome. I hope to be able to return the favor in the future.

Paul
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Re: Prospective sailor.....

Well, good to hear from you! hope you find your dream boat..Dale
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Re: Prospective sailor.....

well, a sensible man that wants to start small

Welcome to the community and a word of advice: Don't fix yourself on a size, I mean you are right in starting with a small cruiser but there is no much difference between a 27 and a 30 or 32 ft boat in what regards sailing, especially if the 27 is heavy and the 32 is light so, just have the better deal you can find. If you will not be fixed on a given size you have more chances to find a good deal and a boat that you like.

Good luck!

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Re: Prospective sailor.....

Paul,

If you have sailed before (seems you have) and you're planning on a mooring or a slip, go bigger if you can. There are plenty of Catalina 27-30 in the sub $20,000 range. A 27 can go for around $10,000. (One on Ebay in NY for at $1,200 right now) If you're looking at gunkholing, consider a shoal keel, or swing keel. Then get out there. These boats can be singlehanded, if that's an issue. Don't be afraid, be cautious.
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