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Quality boats 28-32' from 70's or 80's

For coastal cruising in PNW:
What boats were built solid and will hold resale value?




What boat makes do I steer clear from?




I am looking in the $10,000 -14,000 range
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Re: Quality boats 28-32' from 70's or 80's

I don’t know the PNW cruising scene, so can’t offer specific boat names, but I will say that given your price and age range, a vital factor to consider will be maintenance history of the boat. A well designed and built boat is important, but a good boat that has been poorly maintained can easily be worse than a lesser-built boat with excellent maintenance.

A boat of this age range will likely have depreciated to near the bottom of its scale by now, so they will continue to hold their dollar value as long as they are properly maintained. Inflation will take its toll though.
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Re: Quality boats 28-32' from 70's or 80's

Regionally typically available:

C&C 29Mk1, 30
Cal , 29, 30s, 31
Catalina 30 (likely A4 power at that price)
Ericson 29, 30, 30+
Ranger 29, 30 (California)
Ranger 28 (Kent)
SanJuan 28
Newport 27, 28, 30
Cheribuni Hunter 27, 30
Crown 28
Spencer/Sun 27/838, Sunstar 31

IMO in good shape these would be reasonable coastal cruisers for the area, most examples of which will be within or close to budget. None are likely to seriously lose value because that will have plateaued already.
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http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...7&rid=108&No=0

Boats to avoid (again IMO)
Any Buccaneer except perhaps the 295
Reinells (yes, they made 'sailboats')
I'm sure there are more but they escape me at the moment.

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Re: Quality boats 28-32' from 70's or 80's

What about the 1981 S2 Yachts 9.2 C
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What about the 1981 S2 Yachts 9.2 C
The S2 9.2C would be a good boat to steer clear of due to build quality, and sailing qualities problems, plus small center cockpit boats are a hard sell around here.

One of my favorite boats of this size and price range is the Tartan 30 (ideally c)

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The S2 9.2C would be a good boat to steer clear of due to build quality, and sailing qualities problems, plus small center cockpit boats are a hard sell around here.

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As a side note, the Sunstar 31 I referenced above appears to be a rather direct copy of the S2 aft cockpit version. Whether a licensed copy or not I've no idea, but possibly they are better built than the actual S2s. Spencer had a pretty good reputation locally.

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I think you said you were in the US. It might be worthwhile looking on the Canadian side of the border. With our dollar at 75c, you may find some bargains! I don't know what the markets out there is like, but here in Ontario, you could buy a lot of boat in your price range (10-14k $US = 13.5-18.7k $C). Other than brokers, Kijiji is a place to look. Buy or Sell Used or New Sailboat in Greater Vancouver Area | Boats for Sale | Kijiji Classifieds - Page 2 Saw a Crown 28 for C$8500 and a Catalina 27 for C$6500. Those are older boats; you may find newer and bigger boats more in your price range, perhaps at brokers.

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Re: Quality boats 28-32' from 70's or 80's

Don't get hung up on "quality" boats. Look for ones that have been taken care of. In that size and price range expect to see a lot of project boats. It's going to take some effort to sort through the trash to find the gems.
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Don't get hung up on "quality" boats. Look for ones that have been taken care of. In that size and price range expect to see a lot of project boats. It's going to take some effort to sort through the trash to find the gems.
This. even if you can stretch your budget to 15-16K will give you a lot more possibilities, but you'll still have to poke through the just to find those gems. They are out there!!

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Don't get hung up on "quality" boats. Look for ones that have been taken care of. .....
Agreed... btw none of the boats I referred to above would likely make the list of 'Best boats ever built'.. but in good kit would get the job done.

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