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I took my first sailing lessons this past summer and I loved it. So of course I am looking to purchase a boat for next summer. I have found a 1978 Hunter 25 that is suppose to be in great shape. However, I have no idea how to determine whether this boat is worth the asking price or if it is a good starter boat. Does anyone have any recommendations (books, web sites etc.) as to how I can learn more about sailboats in general and this boat in particular. We learned to sail on Vangaurd 420s and much of the terminology on Sailnet.com seems to be focused on larger boats and is very new to me.

Any info would be much appreciated, Thanks.
 

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http://www.yachtworld.com/

http://www.hunterowners.com/

Try these websites. You can get a good idea of asking prices on the Yachtworld site, , and the Hunter owner’s site will give you all kinds of info about any Hunter model. Also, check Amazon.com for books on sailing. They have more titles than you could ever want.
 

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Another good source of information is Practical Sailor''s Used Boat Buyer''s Guide. It gives a good overview of things to look for, and analyzes a wide range of different manufacturers''boats from about 20'' to 60''. I loaned my copy out to a neighbor, or might have looked up what they say about various Hunter models.
 

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Hi everyone. I have some expirence with sailing, had a 42ft wooden boat back in the late 70's to early 80's out in So.Cal.USA. Now that retirement is looming....Looking for a good modern boat suitable for exploring the Bahamas,Med, North Sea areas(summers, I don't do frozen).... and seeing the world in general..... Would be live aboard, mainly the wife and me, with maybe another couple for long crossings, and occational visits from the kids... thinking of something in the 50ft+ range, don't want to spend a mint, but can afford above avg.... Soliciting expirence based suggestions on types of keel designs (not interested in racing), engine size, tankage, rigging, inmast furling, electrical, mechanical equipment....We like to dive and explore some out of the way places, you know the usual dreams.... :) I like the idea of fiberglass vs. wood or steel. Been down the wood path, and want to avoid the hassle's.... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

Oh, yeah, anybody want a really nice fully restored lowtime airframe cessna 195.... :D
 

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Razor

Welcome to Sailnet.

You would be best to start a new thread as many would not read beyond the first post which is 10 years old.
 
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