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Been a while since I've posted on SailNet, however, we are looking to spend this upcoming sailing season in the Sea of Cortez.

Financially we are planning on over-budgeting so we will have roughly 6 months of finances to last us for the season which leaves us with about $20,000 to spend on a sailboat.

We are looking for a boat in the 30-40ft range.

I was hoping someone can give some insights to the type of boats in this price range that we should look for.

There is a few that we have seen on the market that seem to be in our price, but I am unsure if they would be good for the SOC. To be honest, we are drawn to the looks of the Cheoy Lee, but the spaciousness of the Catalina 34. So any advice on what would be good for the area would help!

Here are some boats that we have "internet" looked at:


'70 Cheoy Lee 36 Clipper
'69 Mariner Ketch 31
'72 Westsail 32 cutter
'87 Oday 322
'89 Catalina 34
'75 Islander 36
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The Catalina would be just fine.


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Thanks for the reply. Due to the comfort in terms of space available on the Catalina, I was hoping they would be suitable for the area.

The first mate, she doesn't want to feel too cramped(our bristol 27 was a bit to small for her besides weekend trips), so thats why we were looking towards the Catalina.

Do they perform decently well in light winds?

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Your budget is a bit light. you will need to double it if you want a Catalina 34. the 34 and the 332 are the only ones on your list that would be good in light air. the Leaky Teaky is the only one on the list that would be in the low $20's
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This page should give you an idea of what's available down the line of size and price. The folks in the La Paz brokerage are great, the clown in San Carlos not so much....

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Your budget is a bit light. you will need to double it if you want a Catalina 34. the 34 and the 332 are the only ones on your list that would be good in light air.
Islander 36 will move quite well in light air - just sayin.

I agree, all the boats listed - won't find any for $20k unless they need *lots* of work, which means no cruising for you this winter.
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This page should give you an idea of what's available down the line of size and price. The folks in the La Paz brokerage are great, the clown in San Carlos not so much....

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The '84 CAL 35 on the list looks outstanding. They are asking $30k.
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The '84 CAL 35 on the list looks outstanding. They are asking $30k.
I agree. It is an awesome boat. I would also look at Catalina 30 on that list. Seems well equipped and in decent shape. They are asking $26k but might sell for $20k.

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I agree. It is an awesome boat. I would also look at Catalina 30 on that list. Seems well equipped and in decent shape. They are asking $26k but might sell for $20k.
I am a Catalina 30 fan, but even $20k seems like a lot for an '83 in Mexico. Looks like it has the original 2 cyl, 11 HP universal. Always weary for keel bolts in Catalina's.
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I am a Catalina 30 fan, but even $20k seems like a lot for an '83 in Mexico. Looks like it has the original 2 cyl, 11 HP universal. Always weary for keel bolts in Catalina's.
Valid point. This one seems in decent enough shape and is already 'in paradise'.

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