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Cape Dory Intrepid 9M vs Santana 30 vs others 30 footers

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We're looking at ~30 foot boats, mostly all from the 70s, $5,000 - $10,000. We currently have a 1982 O'Day 25 Centerboard.

We will be using the boat for daysailing and cruising either side of Long Island, the Hudson River, and Upper and Lower New York Bay, and hopefully a summer trip out to Martha's Vineyard.

We're looking at a 1975 Santana 30 and a 1979 Cape Dory Intrepid 9M that are similarly priced and both seem to be well maintained and turn-key. Also being considered are the Catalina 30, O'Day 30, Columbia 9.6, and the Grampian 30.

Here is what we don't like about our current O'Day 25:
1. floats like a cork at anchor, too light for anything but the best conditions
2. porti-potti & no stove
3. too slow, although we are not planning on racing (I race on other boats)
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Cape Dory Intrepid is a rock solid boat, much better IMO than other boats on your list. I would also look at Tartan 30. They can be had dirt cheap and are very good boats in terms of design, performance, and safety.
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Thanks! What makes the Intrepid 9M better? When you say it's rock solid, do you mean in terms of having superior construction?
Yes, superior construction and components, as with other CD boats. Nothing greatly innovative about the design, but it is a stiff boat (40% displacement is the lead keel) that sails well.
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If anyone has experience on the Intrepid 9M, is the quarter berth wide enough for a couple to sleep? It does not appear the side berths fold out to be a double, and I'd like to have the ability to sleep 6, or at least allow 2 couples to sleep next to each other.
I have seen people modify these tables. Not much to it and I would never hold it against such a good boat. When you are talking sleeping 6 people on a 30 foot boat, I would rather sleep in the cockpit under a boom tent. On the Intrepid the tiller swings up and there is a lot of room. Heck, you could stick 3 coolers in the cockpit well and have 3 more sleeping bunks. :laugher
We've slept 6 on the O'Day 25 a few times! Never more than one night in a row, though.
6 people on a 25 foot boat is hard on people and on the holding tank. One night might be the limit. ;)
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