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Re: Haven't sailed in 20 years

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Also, I get the suspicion that there are a number of sailboats that you just won't find for sale online.
Ask around. Some one was advertising on a Facebook page for a 23 foot Compac, and I commented that it was nice but what I really wanted was a West Wight Potter 19. Somebody came on and said they knew of someone. Turned out that it was a guy I ate dinner with at a pot luck twice a month. I didn't even know he was selling it, and he wasn't advertising anymore.

Same thing with an outboard. Turned out that someone was selling one at my club, but never mentioned it because it was in their garage unused for the last 7 years because after they bought it it wouldn't lift out of the water on their boat, and the dealer wouldn't take it back. They even forgot they had it in their garage.
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Oh, and capta, any helpful hints on living aboard? I've not spent more than a few months aboard.

Here's a question, should I replace the ice box (w its own refrigeration) with one of those mini refrigerator/freezer? Also, how's you TV reception? Do you get satellite?
I believe the Coronado would make a good liveaboard, but probably not the boat you'd want to circumnavigate on.
Tips for living aboard? Find a marina that isn't run by a tyrant. Some don't even allow laundry drying, some make you dock bow in, etc.
As for a fridge, live with what you've got and make your decision after a few months. That's pretty much true of everything except the safety issues. Live with what you've got until you have a definite idea of what needs changing. A handheld VHF is what I meant. An electric windlass is an absolute must in my book. No way you can pull your anchor by hand or with a manual one at 60' a minute if you are in a bind. I've seen it time and time again where folks are trying to pick up their gear with a manual windlass or by hand, and they are being blown all over the anchorage with the anchor still far from the surface. Installation is a breeze. If you get a freefall windlass all you need is two wires from the battery, a solenoid and a switch.
TV? What's that? No, no sat TV. Haven't seen TV outside of a bar in 5 years, but my kid sends dvd's or jump drives with shows and fliks on them once in a while.
Can't help you with SoCal suppliers. Haven't been anywhere near there since 1976. We are in the Caribbean. It might be cheaper to rebuild the bed to a standard mattress than order a custom mattress. The PO said this one cost over a grand!
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Re: Haven't sailed in 20 years

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For $25K the center cockpit boats will either be on the ugly side or in need of lots of work. Not sure why you want a cc boat, as it seriously limits your choices. You can add Chris-Craft 35 to your search list.
CARIBBEAN 35 (CHRIS-CRAFT) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
Hey KrissCross, I started looking at everything in a large size range and over the months I've probably been on 60+ different boats, and looked at pics of dozens and dozens more. And gradually I narrowed it down to what I want, a cc boat of 35-41 foot. I onow it limits options, but I have to narrow it doqn to just one eventually. I'd be happy w an aft cockpit craft, but I prefer the cc and aft cabin. I really liked the Irwin 37 very much in one config, that w the galley aft of the saloon, but I've only seen one set up that way for sale anywhere in the US from which shipping would not be prohibitively expensive. I also liked what I saw of an S2, but couldn't get on one myself. I hope that the Coronado will be ample boat for So. Cal, and then I'll move up when it's time for me to leave the nest in a few years.

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Re: Haven't sailed in 20 years

Hi nowiscertain,

I ended up buying this boat you orginially posted about. I am not a bot. Is there anyway I can contact you to ask you some questions? You gave the owner permission to keep the survey; I can prove I own it buy giving out your name and the owner's name (I will do this though in a private message, for the sake of not putting your info on the internet). I would really appreciate your help with me getting in contact with you. I'll make sure to check back on here to review any forum replies.

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I'm fairly new at the whole business of buying sailboats, but I have learned that persistence and casting a wide net can make all the difference. Patience and diligence can pay off in a great deal. Also, I get the suspicion that there are a number of sailboats that you just won't find for sale online. I suspect that visiting marinas may pay off with a good deal that you snap up before someone else does.

Good luck!
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Re: Haven't sailed in 20 years

your coronado 32-41 center cockpit sloops will get you from cali all the way south and thru canal and mebbe even around west caribbean and omy the caribbean islands--mebbe even up to maine and ....
a boat is only as good as its sailor. a boat can be modified to suit the sailor.
they do have a stout hull. coronado 34 was of olympian 34 molds by hank mckune. stout boat. the others-- different designers. as you figger out sailing, you will figgerout what makes you happiest and keep to that.


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Re: Haven't sailed in 20 years

your coronado 32-41 center cockpit sloops will get you from cali all the way south and thru canal and mebbe even around west caribbean and omy the caribbean islands--mebbe even up to maine and ....
a boat is only as good as its sailor. a boat can be modified to suit the sailor.
they do have a stout hull. coronado 34 was of olympian 34 molds by hank mckune. stout boat. the others-- different designers. as you figger out sailing, you will figgerout what makes you happiest and keep to that. never rule something out just because it is unpopular--learn why they are not so popular, an d ask questions. it may be the best boat for the job.


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