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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

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And with only $5k for refit, you are going to have to find a boat with no major issues. That budget won't even buy a new set of sails for a 35 footer.
Jim has raised a real good point when one looks at the costs to upgrade boats in the 35 foot range. I can purchase new sails for my 28' in the $2.5-3K range. The larger the boat the more it's going to cost you for upgrades, dockage, insurance, you get the picture. You didn't mention if your escape will be just you or you're taking the whole clan along. That should be the deciding factor in what size boat you're looking for.

There are many folks out there cruising with boats in the 25-30 foot range.

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My plan is for it to be just me for now, but I would like for something big enough to live comfortably on for a year or two and to bring friends along for overnight and extended sails.
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Look old. An alberg 35, Bristol 35, Pearson 35 or 36, or other similar boats can be had for way less in good condition, which would allow for better upgrades.
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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

It's a little interesting to me when someone specifies a specific size, like 35'. Boat design has changed a lot and 35' from the 60's isn't the same as 35 from the 80's or 2000's.

For your fixed budget you're going to have a choice between older 35's, or newer 30-32's which are going to offer similar accommodations. From a purely practical point of view, don't rule out the smaller newer boat which will have smaller fees, and smaller sails etc, but perhaps similar speed and accommodations.
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It's a little interesting to me when someone specifies a specific size, like 35'. Boat design has changed a lot and 35' from the 60's isn't the same as 35 from the 80's or 2000's.

For your fixed budget you're going to have a choice between older 35's, or newer 30-32's which are going to offer similar accommodations. From a purely practical point of view, don't rule out the smaller newer boat which will have smaller fees, and smaller sails etc, but perhaps similar speed and accommodations.
Thanks! I'll definitely consider something smaller and newer.
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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

Don't over look the well equipped older boat either. You will be surprised how much it costs to "equip" that "new" boat for cruising.


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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

.. and keep in mind that the 'volume' of many of these newer boats comes partly from increased beam and more beam further aft, but it also comes at the considerable cost of usable storage space.

When they push the furniture out to the hull perimeter leaving room to dance on the cabin sole, there's nothing behind the seatbacks but a glass wall. If multi-week cruises are on the agenda, this can be a serious limitation.

Our boat has a tight, cosy interior with the settees pushed towards the middle and is far from 'roomy' but we have gobs of storage cabinets above and behind the settees. We cruise up to 8 weeks each summer, we need it. Every time we get tempted and look at something newer my wife wonders 'where would we put that? or that?'

Another thing to look for with these recent palatial cabins is 'how far can you fall at 30 deg heel?' Are there sufficient handholds for anything but the boatshow floor?
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Look old. An alberg 35, Bristol 35, Pearson 35 or 36, or other similar boats can be had for way less in good condition, which would allow for better upgrades.
I second this, the above mentioned boats are well built and there are a good number of them to choose from, and many are in good and sailable shape right now. jmo.

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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

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.. and keep in mind that the 'volume' of many of these newer boats comes partly from increased beam and more beam further aft, but it also comes at the considerable cost of usable storage space.

When they push the furniture out to the hull perimeter leaving room to dance on the cabin sole, there's nothing behind the seatbacks but a glass wall. If multi-week cruises are on the agenda, this can be a serious limitation.

Our boat has a tight, cosy interior with the settees pushed towards the middle and is far from 'roomy' but we have gobs of storage cabinets above and behind the settees. We cruise up to 8 weeks each summer, we need it. Every time we get tempted and look at something newer my wife wonders 'where would we put that? or that?'

Another thing to look for with these recent palatial cabins is 'how far can you fall at 30 deg heel?' Are there sufficient handholds for anything but the boatshow floor?
This is so true. The designers are trying to sell the boat based on how it shows at the dock. My 1980s vintage Cal 33 has far better storage than many larger newer boats I looked at.
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This is so true. The designers are trying to sell the boat based on how it shows at the dock. My 1980s vintage Cal 33 has far better storage than many larger newer boats I looked at.
Can't blame the designers- it's what sells when people are short sighted. Their job is to make the boats roll out of the yard, not force people to think. The best do both, but that's a hard job. IMO the major improvements are in sailing performance (rig, keel, rudder) over that timeframe, not so much in accommodations. I mean, it's a boat. You're going to be cramped either for storage or dancing room even in the modern designs. There is only so much room you can squeeze in.

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