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06-02-2004 06:20 PM
DirtManly
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

You might want to look at a few other models before taking the leap so that you get a better feel for what you like. If you like the Precision you owe it to your self to look at a nice Merit 22, it will have much better manners under sail. Some others that are popular for what your going to do would be, Tanzer 22 swing keel, Catalina Capri 18 or 22 wing keel, Beneteau 21. If you could find a San Juan 21 or McGragor 21 in good shape they would be good boats as well, although it seems that the good one are few and far between now. Of course the venerable C 22 and the O''Day 222 would be good choices as well.
Best of luck to you
Dirt
06-02-2004 02:46 PM
aflanigan
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

The first thing I would do if I were you is buy or borrow Don Casey''s "This Old Boat" and read the first chapter entitled "The Choice". You may not agree with his priority list of criteria for a suitable boat (he ranks appearance or beauty number one), but you need to consider all the good advice he offers, especially about cost and being realistic about how you will use the boat. Come up with your own ranking for which criteria are most important to you, and you''ll have a good basis to start looking.

Think about how handy you are and, more importantly, how much time you have to do maintenance and restoration. Don''t start by saying "I can afford a boat that costs 8 thousand" and latch onto a vintage 27 footer because it''s a "bargain". If you are a beginner sailer, I''d seriously consider starting with a Dinghy like a Lightning which can be easily trailered. Boats like these resell fairly well so you don''t necessarily have to get something you can "grow into" if you decide you want a cruiser for overnighting; and it will help you develop good sailing skills.

If you''re determined to get a cabin on your trailer sailer, I''d tend toward the smaller/recent vintage end of the size range, and try to find a "turnkey" boat at the upper end of your proposed budget. Smaller boats are cheaper to maintain, easier to set up and launch and retrieve, easier to park in your driveway/backyard, and if you get one in good shape you won''t need to do a lot of work on it before you''re ready to enjoy it. Buying a bigger, older boat will mean more restoration, higher maintenance costs, less time on the water, more time spent fixing and maintaining.

For the Potomac, a swing keel/centerboard cannot be beat. Outboard auxiliary and tiller steering by all means.

Allen Flanigan
Alexandria, VA
06-02-2004 10:50 AM
mabwjm
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

make it--try again:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=63730&item=2480457 906&rd=1
06-02-2004 10:49 AM
mabwjm
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

You can find a lot of boat by shopping around. Check this Ebay ad: <http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=63730&item=2480457 906&rd=1>

As someone stated above, Yachtworld has a great selection. In the size you''re looking at, for a daysailor, I''d also recommend Backyard Boats--they''re here in NVA and also Annapolis. Don''t forget the Annapolis Boat Show if you can wait till the Fall.

Fair winds,
Bill
"Ngemelis"
06-02-2004 05:36 AM
BarryL
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

Hello,

Are you looking for a day sailer (an open boat) or a cruiser (one with a small cabin)?

I have a Catalina 22, which has a small cabin, complete with dinette, sliding galley, V berth, porta-potty, etc. The C22 has a swing keel, so you can raise it for thin water and lower it for better upwind performance.

If you want just a day sailer, Hunter makes a few models that are cheap. Oday also makes a nice day sailer.

For your budget, you are probably best off looking in the local paper, or maybe just cruising around marinas. There are lots of nice small boats around.

Good luck,
Barry
05-31-2004 06:37 PM
hamiam
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

Try looking at www.soundingsonline.com; many brokers dont handle boats that small.
05-30-2004 03:13 PM
onojmai
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

i''d look at an o''day 222- its got a centerboard and can float off a trailer.
or maybe a catalina 22. i would think the o''day''s are generally better built. anyone else recommend a good boat?
05-30-2004 02:54 PM
FRRizzo111
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

around 18-22 feet I think would be a good starter boat for the Potomac or Chesapeake, though any other suggestions would be helpful. I will keep the boat on a trailer at a marina. Looking to largely do day sailing so a decent size cockpit is important, though a cabin is essential should we decide to overnight.
05-30-2004 02:48 PM
onojmai
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

oh yeah, by "growing into a boat" what size boat would you feel comfortable with?
05-30-2004 02:47 PM
onojmai
Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions

i''m looking for the same kind of boat right now.
checkout yachtworld.com
they have a decent number of listings.
are you planning on trailering the boat or getting a slip/mooring?
probably sailing in light/variable conditions most of the time?
do you want something with a big cockpit- good for daysailing, or space below for overnighting? do you plan on getting into racing at all?

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