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Also, budget. I would like to keep the purchase under $15k.
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I know you're already looking for the Westerlies outside of your local area, but don't forget to look for other boats that way, too. I'd be tempted to monitor the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Naples/Marco, and Key West listings (Yachtworld, Craigslist, Sailboat Listings, Sailing Texas,, iBoats, etc.).

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Good advice.

I already have several daily queries headed to my inbox for anything new that pops up in the size, price range I am looking at. Occasionally I just walk the marinas and yards and ask if anything new has come in. I am also checking the local papers.

Initially the farthest I was looking was in Miami/Ft Lauderdale area. The only reason I was asking for additional info on the Westerly was due to its maintenance history and single family ownership over the last 35+ years.

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One of the biggest reasons I suggest a Catalina is that, in the used market, they tend to hold their value. That is, if you pay $10,000 for a Catalina 27, you'll likely be able to sell it in 2-3 years for about the same amount. Now, you may put $3-4,000 into the boat (adding roller furling, getting new sails, etc.), but at least you can kind of predict what she'll sell for and you can make intelligent decisions as to whether any particular upgrade is cost effective based on your plans for the boat.
Agree. The first boat we bought back in '94 was a 1977 Catalina 30. Paid $11,000 for it, did 0 upgrades to it and sold it 4 years later for $10,500.

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It's great that condition is a primary driver for you. A lot of first time buyers (including myself when I bought my first boat) focus a bit too much on price and don't give enough consideration to condition. Catching a boat up on 5 or 10 years of deferred maintenance isn't cheap, even in this smaller size range.

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We will see where things go over the next few months. With regards to the specific comments on the Westerly, I do appreciate being candid. Now all I have to do is to try to sort out those statements with others of equal experience that say things contrary.
I'd give Jeff_H's comments more strength than almost any forum member on any of the sailing forums that I read. He provides a lot of great information on here and I learn something from almost every post of his that I read. If you read his other posts I think you'll find the same to be true for you. If he says a boat is a dog I have to believe that it is a dog.

25-29' is a big size range, especially if you plan on doing any cruising. I started with a Catalina 25 and found it a little tight for two for cruising longer than a weekend or two. I moved up to a Pearson 28 which is at the upper end of your scale and it is a lot more comfortable. On the other hand the Catalina was a lot cheaper to maintain and had many fewer systems, which made it a great first boat.
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