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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Zug island hmm Windsor. After getting stopped at the bridge before I will take Zug island any day. Sorry Canada. I can't wait to go to Sindbads
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Yep $1500 is really gonna be tough..
1977 22 Foot O'Day Sailboat
24' 1968 Islander Bahama Sailboat
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You may be able to get them to negotiate down some... Looks like the Kells got a recent paint job.

Oday 23 is a nice boat. I've not been on the Columbias...
There is a nice 1988 Capri 22 in your state but way over your budget at $6k (a reasonable price for it might be $4500).

I also agree with others that say, you'll either spend it now, or spend it later when it comes to used trailerables, and I'd rather you not buy something that requires intense work to get going, and you never realize the dream of sailing your own boat.

You can also consider getting a smaller trailerable (also fix it up, but sail it too)... but turn around at a profit or a wash... and upgrade your way to the 22-23 footer. That's basically how I did it. Oh and it gets you into the 2 foot itus that seems to plague us all.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Oh, I'm looking further than just Chicago for my boat. I've found quite a few in my price range that are certainly not as pretty as the ones you posted, but are ready to sail. Got my eyes on a few in Detroit; hopefully I can find a fellow forum-goer that has some more experienced eyes than my own to check them out.

Any takers?
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

I have looked at a ton here in Detroit from 1 to 5 k
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

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I have looked at a ton here in Detroit from 1 to 5 k
Excellent! If I were to come up to your area on a Sunday in mid April, could I possibly convince you to give me a hand in looking at these boats? This will be my first time, so any experience is a big plus. You would of course be compensated somehow!
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Ya I can show you around the guy I bought mine from has a bunch also.from 1000 an up some good deals around Detroit everyone here is poor.
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Y'know, something to ponder:
$1500 usually buys you a boat needing at least $1500 worth of frustrating work in the first season- if it isn't already broken and needing replacement, stuff gets broke and needs to be replaced on an ongoing basis throughout the season- it can get frustrating feeling like you have to open your wallet every time you sail because something else broke...again.
It hurts your confidence in your boat, it makes sailing a chore, and it also does nothing for the confidence of any sailing companion you happen to talk into joining you.
However, if you can stretch your budget just $1000 more, a funny thing happens- the boats tend to get $2000-$3000 better.
Compare this boat to some that have already been posted:
22 ft Hullmaster Sailboat - Ontario Sailboats For Sale - Kijiji Ontario Canada.
or this:
Hunter 25 - Trenton Sailboats For Sale - Kijiji Trenton Canada.
or this one, just across the river from detroit;
22 TANZER - Ontario Sailboats For Sale - Kijiji Ontario Canada.
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

I have considered this, blj. I understand that frustration will be part of the game. I'm used to it, being a moped enthusiast (those machines are just balls of disappointment, but I can't get enough of them for some reason). If I don't find a boat that is up to snuff, I'll wait. But if I can be sailing this season, I'll make every effort to do so.

And CampusCab, I think we may be looking in the same place. What boat did you get? I'm wondering if the website is kept up to date, if you picked up one that's still isted then I have my answer.
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

Oops, looks like a cal 20, just re-read your post. 1969? Was the guy flexible with price?
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Re: Brand new sailor-to-be

TuurboSpaggetti,
A Cal 20 is a small boat, how far off shore are you planing to go. If only day sailing you should be fine, Lake Michigan can get real mean in a blow as all Great Lakes can.
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