Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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WHY "The older the better" ?
Looking at a few boat's needing a few more opinions. The older the better.
I purchased my "new" boat (an '81 Catalina 27) 2Ĺ years ago. I got what I think was a good deal, $6,000 with new sails & outboard (1Ĺ years old for both). The only money I have put into the boat was new batteries (and several upgrades I have made, but not necessary). I would steer clear of wooden boats unless you have expertise in that area. I would stick to fiberglass, and I would plan on spending money to "fix it up" to meet your needs. I was lucky, but repairs can be costly. Also, you should consider a surveyor, to give you an accurate understanding of the boat's condition.
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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