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|03-27-2007 12:42 AM|
CS boats - the 30 and the 33 can be had in your price range - are the best boats in the world. They are faster than any other boat. They are better built than any other boat, and a recent study suggests that children who sail on them perform better in advanced mathematical and spatial skills testing
Seriously though, they are an option that you should consider...
|03-27-2007 12:20 AM|
If you are looking to go used, Stay with a name brand quailty boat. If you are going new, I highly recommend the Dehler, The Dufour, The Tartan..
You will find boats betwen 32 and 34 feet by those manufactures that will really provide a lot more "fun" sailing and capability than say the Catalina type of boat.. ( I just sold my Catalina that I bought new).
|03-19-2007 08:31 PM|
|camaraderie||Well...I'm gonna suggest you take a look at a center cockpit boat like the Irwin 37--38. With the kids aboard...it is really nice to have some privacy and a real aft cabin. The price range for these should be doable for you but condition on the used market is very variable so you might have to look a bit to find the right one.|
|03-19-2007 08:21 PM|
CS boats are the best in the world and you will be eternally happy if you are fortunate enough to become an owner of one
|03-19-2007 03:53 PM|
|Valiente||A CS 33 might be a good choice as well. The CS 36 is out of your price range. A C&C 33 or 34 is great, but watch for soaked balsa. Lake Superior can get hairy, I hear...and damn cold...so you might want to consider a boat that can carry an Esper/Webasto system or at least a diesel bulkhead heater, if only to extend the short season you've got. On the upside, favour fuel tankage over water tankage, because you can carry bottles from shore and in a pinch Superior is still clean enough to drink out of, or so I would assume. Erie, not so much.|
|03-19-2007 12:46 PM|
|sailingdog||The C&C 38 is has huge amounts of room below, and is very comfortable even for three or four people over a weekend or week sail. Anything longer, I think it'd be a bit tight. Fairly easy to single-hand if you've got it setup properly.|
|03-19-2007 12:37 PM|
|winddancer88||We were looking at the same range of boats and chose a Catalina 34 too. Great boat, sails and lives larger than her length. Good coastal cruiser. It's on the high end of your price range though, as 1986 was the first production year for this boat. If you want to keep it under 45k, check out an older Catalina 36.|
|03-19-2007 12:06 PM|
|butlers||We went through the same exercise a few years ago and purchased a 1990 Catalina 34...best thing we have ever done! The layout is excellent, both on the water and on the hook, the v-berth area is huge, and there is ample storage for a family outting of 3 to 5 days. Take a serious look at the C34. As for racing, there are quite a few C34's doing it...take a look at Fleet One in the SF Bay. Hope this helps.|
|05-22-2006 10:58 AM|
You ould certainly find a late seventies/early eighties C&C 34 or 36 in that price range. We have been very happy with our 36 and feel that we got a lot of boat for the money with good handling and performance.
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|05-19-2006 12:01 PM|
We sail primarily on Lake Superior with weekend and occasional weeklong outings. Tankage and fuel should not be an issue but accommodations are an issue. I still want something I can sail around the buoys a little bit within a club racing format.
I like the layout of the C34 but I am looking at other options that could satisfy this aspect.
The contessa 32 is a great passage maker but that is really not what I am looking for. We are looking for a comfortable boat that sails well but has great space.
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