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04-28-2012 02:29 PM
souljour2000
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

That' a nice boat...probably worth every penny...high hours on the Nissan and no sails so I'd make an offer that's a good chunk less...it's a buyer's market they say...Afterall...there's alot of 40-footers plus that are on the market for less that are pretty solid;they just don't have all that fine joinery...but also as a double-ender she will demand more..that's a nice boat as I said...
04-28-2012 11:33 AM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

What do you guys think about an Alajuela 33? I've always loved these but they are so few and far between. We saw one in MD a few years back and my wife loved it. Seems like a good size with an anchor platform and tiller steering. I've seen a couple go for $35,000 on the west coast. I'm not sure I've ever seen one for sale on the East coast though.


1979 Alajuela Alajuela sailboat for sale in Washington

I guess I should have put this in the boat buying forum, sorry about that.
04-26-2012 11:44 AM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

Pearson 31 Sailboat

This looks like a deal. In the past when I've thought a good deal has popped up I've checked it out and bought it if it were close to what I wanted. For the next boat that's one reason why I'd like to have a short list. Since I'm in no hurry I can keep an eye out for one as they come available. That way we get a boat that meets our needs as closely as possible. Any other ideas anyone?
04-25-2012 10:57 AM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

Thanks Jeff. We do plan to keep the Starwind at the dock for around 8 or 9 months a year, depending on if we can get a better rate for 12 months we may just leave her there year round. It's just nice to have the option to put her on a trailer for Dec, Jan, Feb. Especially since some marinas around here give you the best price if you pay for 3 months at a time. I'll look at some of the boats you mentioned. I would prefer a fractional rig but it's not a deal breaker. That Bristol is a good looking boat, wish it had a tiller though. It's funny that seems to be one of the main thing my wife wants. Every boat we've owned except the Catalina 27 was tiller steering and she hated that boat. I really do like the J34C. It's just so stinking expensive, we'd have to wait 7 years or so to make it happen. Which may be an option. Thanks

The wife does like salty boats, I bet she would go for that Bristol, especially if we found one with a tiller.

What do you think about a J/28? A quarter birth would be nice for the kid.

Or a Beneteau First 32?
Pearson 32?
Sabre 28?
First 310? Maybe a little light?
J/30?
First 285?
I'm browsing yacht world for my price range.

Souljour may have been right, maybe I am thinking to small. Maybe I should try 32-35.? My wife and I just both prefer smaller boats.
04-25-2012 10:23 AM
Jeff_H
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

Years ago, I lived and sailed out of Savannah and kept a boat in Charleston. Its a great place to live but it means that your quest is not simple. Getting a boat which offers the level of accommodations that you would like is pretty easy, but I would respectfully suggest that you also need a boat which can deal with the strong currents, is safe offshore, has good anchoring gear, and is shoal draft. I would also suggest taht while keeping a boat in the water at a marina is expensive, if you live anywhere near your boat, you will get a lot more use out of a boat which is rigged and ready to go vs launch and hauled each time. I always point out that may make the boat cheaper per hour of use.

If I had to think of one boat within your price range that meets all of that, my initial reaction would be something like the keel/centerboard Tartan 34. These represent a nice mix of good build quality and a nicely evolved design. The Centerboard means less draft, and yet the point very well. Many of these boats were raced and so have upgraded hardware and sail inventories. They have an inboard engine and are surprisingly fast for a boat of their era.

But there are other nice options out there. A few which spring to mind would be;
Bristol 33/34: This little known model was a nice mix of good build quality and excellent sailing ability. 1971 Bristol 34 Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

C&C 34: Centerboard version

Cal 34: A typically lower buget option.

Hunter 34: (1980's) While Hunters are often maligned, this was a very nice design that sailed well and was reasonably well constructed. You need a very thorough survey on these boats, but a good example might make a reasonable choice for what you want to do.

J-34 C: This might be out of your price range and should not be mistaken for the 34 IOR.

Pearson 10M: These are a little deep, but they are nice sailing boats that can be purchased very cheaply.

Sabre 34 (centerboarder): Again a very nice mix of build quality and sailing ability for that era.
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04-24-2012 11:13 PM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

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There you go...Hilton Head would be a bit far though in retro-spect...Didnt realize it was so far south...I guess I was thinking it was further north but confused with Myrtle Beach or something...Anyways...enjoy the summer and get your feet wet or out on the water in something...that's all that matters if your a water-nut like me...
Yea Hilton head is a little far. There's an inlet about 15 miles down the coast we've sailed too a few times and anchored for the night. It's a nice few hour sail. I really want to go to Bull's bay north of here. It's a large shallow bay that's protected as a wildlife preserve, pretty uninhabited. Hilton head would be nice maybe with a stop over for the night and a few days to spend there. There's 4 navigable inlets between here and there in good weather.

I just read an article by practical sailor about the Olson, looks promising, however you're right, I don't see any for sale. They also wrote about an Express 34 that looks promising. Both good offshore boats.
04-24-2012 10:32 PM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

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Originally Posted by marcusc130 View Post
I just bought an Olson 34 for many of the same reasons you mention. A great performance cruiser that will keep up with the J's easily. She's very comfortable for up to a week too. Theyre a little hard to come by, but right at the top of your price range.
Thanks, I'll look into them.
04-24-2012 10:30 PM
souljour2000
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

There you go...Hilton Head would be a bit far though in retro-spect...Didnt realize it was so far south...I guess I was thinking it was further north but confused with Myrtle Beach or something...Anyways...enjoy the summer and get your feet wet or out on the water in something...that's all that matters if your a water-nut like me...
04-24-2012 10:25 PM
marcusc130
Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

I just bought an Olson 34 for many of the same reasons you mention. A great performance cruiser that will keep up with the J's easily. She's very comfortable for up to a week too. Theyre a little hard to come by, but right at the top of your price range.
04-24-2012 10:18 PM
snider
Re: Changing Tack, Ideas About the Next Boat

Thats a good idea, thanks. I've spent over a week on board before with a crew I had only met as we shoved off so I know what you mean. As for the fam, we've only ever spent a few nights onboard, and that was before the baby. We're going to do a three or four night trip on the Starwind once we get it in the water. I'd love to borrow my friends Sabre 30 hmm.
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