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Hello, New to the forum and new to sailing and looking for some input. To give a bit of background, I'm not new to boating, I've been a commercial fisherman for thirty five years. I hold a 1600 ton ocean masters license and have fished offshore on everything from Maine lobster boats to factory trawlers in the Bering sea, Russia and the North Atlantic. I've owned a number of boats, the largest being 90'. In all this time I've been on sailing vessels twice for day sails. Now I'm retiring after open heart surgery and am looking for a sailboat. I live in Maine and would like to be able to go offshore for a few days at a time and maybe some time go down to the Caribbean for the winter. I've been looking at sailboats for quite awhile and have a few vague opinions. Financially I have limited funds (due to medical expenses) and don't mind a boat that needs some work. I like more traditional looking boats and am presently interested in a Tartan 27 but the suggestions of more experienced sailors is more than welcome. This forum has been a wonderful source of information and I look forward to participating.
 

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Hi, Right now it would be just me and sometimes my son. My lack of a significant other is another of the reasons I'm working with limited funds. I've been aboard a T27 on land, and while it's a bit tight I'm sure I can live with it by myself but I can see it being too limited a space for many people. Another boat for sale locally that I find interesting is a Westerly Berwick, quite a bit of room but I understand not as good a sailor as other boats.
 

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I agree, the 27 foot length seems to be a good fit and the Albin Vega is a very well respected vessel. I've seen many of them in Denmark and Norway but I haven't run in to one here in New England, at least not for sale. I would be interested in a good example for 3500. Thanks for the info!
 

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Well I missed out on a good deal on a Tartan 27 but I've come across a nice Pearson Triton that's owned by a local sail maker.
 

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Well I made an offer on a T27 that I came across, decent shape, good running Universal 23hp diesel, 3k dependent on survey results. I hope my search is over and I can start posting my "learning to sail" experiences, that'll be good for some comic relief. A good friend of mine is an ex Maine schooner captain and has years of cruising experience, he's looking for an opportunity to torture me and this may be it.
 
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