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03-10-2008 08:28 PM
dbruce85 Check out RCR Yachts, Swans Marine, Navy Point marine etc., Prices in the US seem lower on used boats, especially with the rise in the Canadian Dollar.
Anything purchased on Lake Ontario can we easily sailed back, just report in to Customs and advise that you purchased a boat, the process is easy.
A boat purchased on Lake Erie can be sailed thru the Welland Canal, not very expensive but most likely about 12 hours for that part of the trip. You would need two or so crew for the canal trip
03-10-2008 06:21 PM
sailingfool
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How many years can you typically count on a mast surviving? I expect this to be a very variable answer, but assuming that the boat has been sailed and raced for most of it's life, would you trust a 30-year-old mast with fairly new shrouds? Or would a boat that has recently replaced all standing rigging be *that* much more appealing?
Do you mean mast or rigging? A mast will last forever, rigging does wear out. I personally think that rigging on seasonally used boats will last indefintely, until the occurance of meathooks and/or cracks indicate too much age. Others will say replace the rigging periodically. But here's what brian Toss has to say on the subject Pieces of String Too Short to Save
03-10-2008 12:12 PM
DoomDahDoomDoom How many years can you typically count on a mast surviving? I expect this to be a very variable answer, but assuming that the boat has been sailed and raced for most of it's life, would you trust a 30-year-old mast with fairly new shrouds? Or would a boat that has recently replaced all standing rigging be *that* much more appealing?
03-06-2008 08:02 PM
Plumper
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Looking at the PHRF of the San Juan 24, it doesn't seem to be in the same league as the boats I've been looking at in terms of speed potential. The 28 looks promising though.
There is more to the PHRF rating than looking at it for speed potential. Some boats sail to their ratings very well while others are very hard to sail to their rating. If you want to be in the winners circle more often look for boats with winning PHRF ratings. Around here that would be the Ranger 26 (210), and the Shark (269). Although they are not necessarily the first across the line they win a lot of races. I would look at what other folks (who win) have in your area. It is so much more fun racing similar boats or boats with good ratings.
03-06-2008 07:51 PM
DoomDahDoomDoom
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If you intend to work on the boat yourself.
I don't know how much work I'd feel comfortable doing (I'm pretty handy around the house and with basic carpentry, but I've never done any fiberglass work); I think I'm moreso trying to find a boat with a motivated seller - though there seems to be plenty of boats listed under $10k, and supposedly in sailaway condition, that I would consider.
03-05-2008 11:58 AM
dakuehn If you intend to work on the boat yourself (I assume you are based on the aforementioned budget) focus on smaller vessels that still meet your needs. I have an S2 7.3 and think it's worth consideration.
03-05-2008 11:38 AM
jimmyb116 How about Santana 3030pc but $10,000.00 will be tough
03-05-2008 11:13 AM
kwaltersmi S2's are coastal cruisers, but of fairly good quality. They are no longer in production, but the parent company (Tiara/S2 Yachts) still produces top quality powerboats. Since they were manufactured in Holland, Michigan, there are a lot of them available in the Great Lakes region.
03-04-2008 08:10 PM
DoomDahDoomDoom Looking at the PHRF of the San Juan 24, it doesn't seem to be in the same league as the boats I've been looking at in terms of speed potential. The 28 looks promising though.
03-03-2008 04:03 PM
jimmyb116 San Juan 24 San Juan 28
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