Join Date: Aug 2019
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New to sailing, pick for me
So I've gotten some time in with the local sailing club and joined. I'm looking for a boat and have looked at several in the 3k price range. I've eliminated some that were just huge projects and seen through the owners eyes as the day they first bought it. Makes you kind of sad. Anywho, I can afford more but I think I need to start somewhere that I can make mistakes on and not worry about, learn to fix without stressing if I'm doing it right and something that I can sell even at 50% and not feel bad about when I get miles and races under my belt and decide what I really want. Lastly, I intend to race in my local club but racing is not my major focus, I'd like to at some point cruise the great lakes which my lake has access to. So that said! I know this is very subjective but tell me your pick and why. Each of the boats listed has little things that I would def want to do to them and are at or just below the 3k mark unless noted.
77 Catalina 27 Catalina smile and stanchions will eventually need some work but a lot of upgrades on the boat and the atomic is in great shape (I have a couple outboards if it garbages out). Hull in good shape interior in great shape everything works
1980 Hunter 27 No head, lots of upgrades but the diesel universal wouldn't start, they assured me it runs well. Wheel, sails in good shape hull in good shape.
1980 Catalina 25 tall rig. Boat is very clean, sails great shape, no roller furler, outboard in great shape, great boat, they want a little more for it though in the mid 4's.
26 Cape Dory, I believe it's around an 80. The gentleman passed away and his kids don't know much about it. Boat is solid, needs outside cleaning. No head. My wife got wierded out by it because some of his personal effects are in it (that is a concern for me she wanted off immediately). Sails good, assuming outboard is good.
The following boats are a ways away but assured in immaculate shape. I can get them to my lake through canals.
1974 Grampian I have not set foot on the boat yet personally, but assured that it is in immaculate shape.
1964 Tartan 27. This is also a ways away, assured that everything is in immaculate shape.
1976 C&C 25 Also a ways away assured everything is great.
So I've looked at several that I've discarded from this list, from free boats to a little more expensive to pie in the ski pricing. The 25 catalina and cape dory are in my own marina (along with a couple free boats, and some of the pie in the sky ones.)
All advice and questions or lectures welcome!!! Preach at me friends.