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Coronado 25 thoughts?
I wanted to get some thoughts on a 1968 Coronado 25 as a liveaboard that I'll be sailing a lot. I currently sail a 1979 Pearson 28 with inboard (which I like a lot but do not live on) in Lake Michigan - the Coronado would be a second boat, in Florida, that I'd be living aboard solo for a temporary period of time during the winter, probably for 5 months or so, or maybe longer if I like it down there. For this reason, I'm looking for something cheap, but reasonably well built and heavy-ish displacement for it's length. The idea is to get something inexpensive but not a piece of trash, that will be enjoyable to sail, and perhaps cautiously venture offshore (to where, I don't know) just for the experience.
I'd be doing lots of weekending and hopefully coasting cruising. But I'm still figuring out what type of sailing I enjoy best.
I'm looking at one in good condition for $3k. It's liveaboard ready, and sailing ready. Has a 9.9 hp outboard. Seems like it will be a much different experience than my Pearson 28.
The main complaint I've heard for sailing performance is that the rudder is "weak" and can be hard to handle down heavy wind. I'm not totally sure what that means. Can anyone explain this to me?
The boat in question is in good condition, hull and deck are sound. Engine runs well. Running rigging is new, standing rigging is not new but "good condition". Has shore power, LED cabin lights, nav lights, fridge / micro, air conditioner. Price is $3k.
Last edited by lschmidt25; 07-09-2018 at 06:33 PM.