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11-08-2007 12:56 PM
apensa Mert,- Let me second BarryL's advice. I bought my boat ( a Sabre 30) through Warran Tarfton and I will say that the guy is great. I went on his site and i see that he has a 1984 28 ft Sabre MarkII for 23K. The Mark II is a fantastic boat, at least equivalent to the 30 footer. I don't know if you can stretch that far but these boats don't hit the market very often.
11-08-2007 11:58 AM
blt2ski I've heard of folks taking 2-3 yrs to find the perfect boat! per say. Or in one persons case on here, 2 yrs to build, now he has had her for 2 yrs, now wants a swan 45...........shaking my head!

Took spouse and I about 5 months to find something in the low 20 range that we trully liked and wanted to spend the money on her.

11-08-2007 07:46 AM

Mert I am doing the same thing now. Keeping my little San Juan and saving up more cash to buy what I really want instead of what I am settling for that is better than my little boat. Plus I still need to build a mooring and buy a dink.

One comment I would make however is keep your eyes open. Don't automatically take your eyes off the market because you didn't find the right boat in 3 days. Heck, looking at boats is fun. Who knows, somoene may end up having to part with their Cat 30 due to divorce and offer a really good proce ( I just missed one like that.) So keep your eyes on the web and make sure people at marina's know what you are looking for.
11-07-2007 05:52 AM
i gave up...

I appreciate everyones' advise. But I gave up... I need to increase my capital to get something decent... I'm gonna take care of my old girl for another season or two to save some more for a decent boat... Apparently, sailboat owners love their boats so much not to sell them cheap Meanwhile, powerboats are rock bottom cheap! That shows who has the real sea soul...
I'll open this thread within a year or two again... But, I learned a lot though, thank you very much guys.
11-06-2007 11:14 PM
sailingdog I thought it was your dementia returning...
11-06-2007 10:38 PM
camaraderie Must be because we both thought it was GOOD advice!! (g)
11-06-2007 08:32 PM
sailingdog Umm... why did Merttan and Cam confuse me for Sailhog???
11-06-2007 08:12 PM
blt2ski For the smaller bayliner bucaneers, ie under 27', I would skip those personally, The 30 and 32 were reasonable sailers IIRC. With one if not both of those being designed by Bill Garden, the 30IIRC was definetly designed by him. Rinell (sp?)a power boat company at the time also had a pretty atrocious looking and semi atrocious sailing boat also.

11-06-2007 07:43 PM
camaraderie the Bucaneer...listen to Sailhog!!
11-06-2007 06:50 PM
Raggbagger Hi Merttan ,
For what your going to do with the boat it sounds like the two you started out with would be good choices . The Islander is one of my personal favorites having owned one . I love that boat , its got everything going for it that your looking for . The Catalina is probably just as good although I have friends that owned them I have not spent much time aboard under-sail , probably less than a week in all . So my bias is in favor of the Islander only because of the amont of time I have spent on my own . Its a very forgiving , fast boat that loves weather. The cockpit is more than generous for a boat of her size .
I dont know how many your going to find in your neigborhood so that may affect your purchase however finding a Catalina is usually not a problem and may lend its self to bargan hunting . The Buccaneer I have no clue . At this point I think it boils down to which one you like the looks of , they are both just fine for what your looking to do .

Happy hunting,
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