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03-01-2009 09:22 AM
Selkirk OOPs
03-01-2009 08:49 AM
boogins Climber,

You might want to look at Cape Dorys. There is a large continent of Cape Dory owners in the Great Lakes. You can easily get into a 30 or 31 in your price range and maybe even a 33. They aren't as fast or roomy below as some more modern boats, are solidly built and make great cruisers. And they have a very strong following and owners association (CDSOA). I don't own one, but intend to soon enough.
03-01-2009 08:22 AM
patrickrea The original post is over 6 years old. He bought the boat already or gave up and went off-roading.
02-28-2009 08:17 PM
J24mark Pearson Vanguard! Those have made countless ocean crossings, not super roomy but if you don't want to have any hull issues those are cheap and reliable. You can get fully cruising for under 15k including the price of the boat. Steer clear of production boats such as Catalina, Hunter, Irwin, Columbia, etc. if you are planning on doing some blue-water.

But with the budget you are talking about you can step up to lets say a CSY, Young Sun, Cape Dory, Valiant. All of those I really like.
02-28-2009 07:59 PM
Sailingdiver Colvin's are cool!
01-18-2003 09:01 AM
passage making 28-32 footer

Read my reply to Whoosh''s comments
01-17-2003 05:37 PM
passage making 28-32 footer

Depending on where in Michigan you are, I saw one of Thomas E. Colvin''s boats at Torreson Marine in Muskegon, MI. Thomas Colvin makes some wonderful boats, that are seaworthy and sea kindly. This one has been cruising (according to the owners) and is outfitted with a lot of equipment already.

The model is called the "Saugheen Witch".

If you goto the Colvin web site you can get pictures and specs for the design.

I believe the site is:

Hope this helps,

David George
01-10-2003 11:38 AM
passage making 28-32 footer

Thank you Bob and Jeff H. (and everyone else who''s taken the time to offer advice) for your input. This is exactly the kind of advice we''re looking for, honest, straight forward opinions of various boat models. As most of you could already tell, this would be the first boat for my wife and I. We hope to avoid "problems" utilizing the vast knowledge of people like yourselves. Of course purchasing, and boat ownership, is quite expensive and we hope to avoid making mistakes thru lots of research and talking to others.

(and hey! I like talking sailing!)


Cliff Cooper

P.S. To Whoosh, in reguard to what type of cruising we plan on. Primarily Lake Michigan for a few years then to FL, the Bahamas, and on from there. Where "there" is I can''t say but I''d like a boat with the ability to go wherever that may be. Thanks again!
01-09-2003 05:11 PM
passage making 28-32 footer

And frankly the larger Irwins such as the 41 were better boats than the 31 that was mentioned.

01-09-2003 02:19 PM
passage making 28-32 footer


I cruised full time aboard a Irwin 41 for 5 years. They are great boats for COASTAL cruises and short island hopping, if you are not in a hurry. Eventhough I am a fan of Irwins, if you seriously intend to do extended off-shore sailing, you should consider other boats. As Jeff alluded, they are NOT blue-water boats.

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