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Topic Review (Newest First)
10-15-2009 03:47 AM
QuickMick if you see one, check out the balboas... 26', trailerable w/ammenities in the cabin....
02-05-2007 05:23 PM
mkrautha
The seach continues even though I said it wouldn't

Yeah pearsons are a good though. I think I would consider the Triton however. I've been in negotiations with a guy for an offshore cadet, though I have to be honest, something seems a little fishy about the whole thing, and he's in BC so I'd have to trailer the boat down (it comes with a trailer but the cost to haul it is about another $1500). On the otherhand there are a few nice looking tritons for sale in the Bay Area and I think they meet my criteria. Certainly they fall within my price range, standing headroom, not quite 30' but fairly close. And, while the trailer with the cheoy lee is an added bonus, it also means I'll have to either sell it or store it once I'm in the bay area, which is of course an added expense...
I'd like to get peoples thoughts...
02-04-2007 09:30 PM
tha3rdman Not to throw a monkey wench (yes wench) into your equation, But the Pearson ariel is a solid vessel. Big enough to live uncomfortablly in and can be had for a song. There is also a Irwin 37 here in MD the my wife and I looked into, not really our cup of tea but the PO put alot of work into before he fell ill, though that leaves you with transport issues. I would look ingo the Ariel though great little (26 feet) boats. And the support group is great as well.
01-23-2007 06:07 PM
camaraderie That's a better plan MK...keep us posted on progress and focus on the MCAT's for a while...all the water is solid up there anyway!
01-23-2007 05:41 PM
mkrautha So here is what we've decided. Trying to buy a boat from vermont in SF, or anywhere else and then transporting to SF is maybe a waste of money and energy, so we are going to move to San Francisco first, and start our search when we get there. Thanks for all of the good insight, thoughts, suggestions etc. Cross your fingers that a solid Alberg 30 will be waiting under the Golden Gate Bridge when we get there
01-21-2007 01:24 PM
JagsBch I am looking at the Florida Trader and in Key Largo there's this
1982 Catalina 30' 4'2" draft Roller Furling 5,500 or OBO
Needs engine.
305 451 4700 Paul.
01-21-2007 12:26 PM
cardiacpaul "No bigger than 30ish feet with providing living (albeit tight) accomodations for two.The simpler the better. budget max 15k."

I found 16 listings for cat30's that list for under 20k, in CA, OR, WA..
I'm pretty sure a firm offer of 15 would sail any of 'em home.
01-21-2007 10:49 AM
RickBowman The $15,000 purchase limit you have established may be the most difficult obstacle to overcome in your adventure. I have never personally seen any vessel that would be capable of safely hauling precious cargo offshore valued in the price range that you are considering. Forget it. A tipi in a Vermont winter is a far cry from a storm in the Atlantic for one can always walk away from a tipi in an emergency however you can not walk away from a cheap offshore vessel at sea. Armchair reading and inland lake sailing can be pleasant and romantic, whereas what you are proporting to do on such a limited budget is plain goofy.
01-21-2007 09:28 AM
sailingdog Hellosailor-

Not actually a problem as two couples have discovered. They both liveaboard Alberg 30s with a child. One of their blogs is located here.
01-21-2007 12:50 AM
hellosailor mk-
Something for you to consider. Living aboard, two adults and one baby (which WILL require baby stuff with many trips unless you stockpile some of it or plan to wash cloth diapers) is going to add weight to whatever you are on. Every boat has a design waterline, and once you add weight, whether it is extra crew or just 'stuff'...the boat submerges more and the performance generally tanks in short order.
I'm not sure where you would find it, but if you can find any design information relating to design payloads and such, that's something to look for. I'd suspect the Morgan OutIslands would be especially suitable for that reason, they were designed to be loaded up, more so than many boats really designed for daysailing and weekending. Probably a heavy-displacement boat will suffer less from carrying extra weight, as compared to a newer lighter boat where your additions are a higher percent of the original displacement.
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