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Caution: vast generalizations ahead, but....

In my mind, going from about a 22-25' boat to about a 27-28' is where the big "step up" in price, complications, systems, etc. occurs. You start getting into boats with real electrical systems, bigger rigs, inboard diesels, AC, real cabin woodwork. You really see that in the difference from something like a Catalina 250 to a Catalina 280. However, don't let this discourage you; I think the enjoyement factor starts going up too....boats become more liveable, and handle better in short seas (momentum helps).

I like Catalinas. 27s and 280's are nice, but if you're looking at those, you should also consider the 30, just because it's a great boat and there's so many of them out there to choose from.
 
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