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Old 13-10-2010, 06:12   #1
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Where to Look for Info on US Boats

This is probably not posted in the correct forum, but mods are free to move it if theres a better one

Im more and more leaning towards sailing in warmer climates but:
a) My boats is a bit small to sail from the inner lakes of Scandinavia to say, USA.
b) Boats are expensive here, and needs a lot of work/money to to prepare for the big seas and US seems to be like way below half price for the type/size Im looking for (29-32ft mono)
c) How far can a seller (in general) be trusted as regards to shape etc, if I choose to fly there to take a look.. Dont wanna arrive to a wreck, really...

So, Im looking at craigslist etc to find a suitable boat at a good price already in the US. But, since so many of the boats common in the US are really "never-heard-of" here in Sweden I really am sailing in the dark when it comes to the various makes and models. Here we have a site called www.sailguide.com where you can find opionions and facts around just about every boat ever been sold new in Sweden/Scandinavia. Images, owners opinions, cold facts etc.. So, my question right now is, Are there any sites like that, that applies for US?
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Hi Killer... 1st let me say your Maxi77 is quite capable of making it to the Caribbean... as long as everythings in good shape...
However if your looking to buy a boat in the US you could do what I did when I bought my old Hunter37....
I checked out likely boats on www.yachtworld.com and www.sailboatlistings.com...
I found areas of 'Density of Boats for Sale' then worked out the cheapest flight/destination to the area where my 'favourites' were...
Then it was a simple case of fly n buy... after looking at boats in the NY area I ended up jumping on a plane to New Bern NC and Oriental where I bought the boat for 25K.... or 12K GBP back then.
But be prepared to have to do some work on her... there's more 'Shabby Owners' than proud ones... beware the boat overloaded with electric goodies... the owner has interests other than "THE BOAT".. better to go with minimum extras and a sound boat.
They're the ones who have the 'Status Price' on their boat... often wide of the reality price...lmao.
Another thing to bear in mind on here is the mindset of the US disposable culture... makes them see crap where we (Europeans) can see gold....
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sailingtexas.com has owner listings that often don't show up on the bigger sites (and it isn't just texas boats -- the name iis confusing)
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Hi Killer... 1st let me say your Maxi77 is quite capable of making it to the Caribbean... as long as everythings in good shape...
However if your looking to buy a boat in the US you could do what I did when I bought my old Hunter37....
I checked out likely boats on www.yachtworld.com and www.sailboatlistings.com...
I found areas of 'Density of Boats for Sale' then worked out the cheapest flight/destination to the area where my 'favourites' were...
Then it was a simple case of fly n buy... after looking at boats in the NY area I ended up jumping on a plane to New Bern NC and Oriental where I bought the boat for 25K.... or 12K GBP back then.
But be prepared to have to do some work on her... there's more 'Shabby Owners' than proud ones... beware the boat overloaded with electric goodies... the owner has interests other than "THE BOAT".. better to go with minimum extras and a sound boat.
They're the ones who have the 'Status Price' on their boat... often wide of the reality price...lmao.
Another thing to bear in mind on here is the mindset of the US disposable culture... makes them see crap where we (Europeans) can see gold....
Thanks for the advice, Im looking on those sites too Its amazing how much boat you get "over there" in comparison to Sweden... Seen a couple of Pearson 35s priced less than what my M77 in Sweden.. Leaves me with a decent amount of cash to upgrade electronics, rigging etc, and still come out both cheaper than here AND having the boat on site. Sailing from here to there with my current boat is quite possible I guess, but Id need new standing rig to feel comfortable doing it, along with some improvements on the cockpit self drain, windows companionway hatches etc, so its really not a (financial) option, Sure, I can go around Europe and the Med with lesser improvements, but thats not what Im aiming for

No advice as to where I can get cold facts, presented by a 3rd part? Like boat capabilities etc. Not just the "Its a great boat, I have one" or "Its a wonderful boat, Im selling it because..", but more like pros and cons of each make/model..

I+m kinda loving the Pearson 35 tho.. someone please stop me before I buy a boat just out of passion
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The Pearsons are great boats.... to find out more just do a search on the maker/model and you'll find owners associations galore for most US makes...
Cape Dory, Pearson, Triton, Tanzer, Hunter, Colombia... the list goes on.
Usually there's full info on models and spec's...
get that browser working... lol
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The Pearsons are great boats.... to find out more just do a search on the maker/model and you'll find owners associations galore for most US makes...
Cape Dory, Pearson, Triton, Tanzer, Hunter, Colombia... the list goes on.
Usually there's full info on models and spec's...
get that browser working... lol
Haha, ye but being used to sailguide, Ive gotten lazy. One site for all boats giving specs, owner comments and also incl a list of all (reported) sales over the last few years along with prices and usually a couple of survey protocols, giving you an idea of what to look for on specific boat models.
Btw, found a swedish Albin Cumulus 28ft at yachtworld. priced at 1/4 of the cheapest one available in Sweden. Siiiick, I dont want to live here any longer
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Of course you can search for reviews in many sailing magazines. For a collection of online reviews that are helpful and concise, I like Bob Perry:

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Btw, found a swedish Albin Cumulus 28ft at yachtworld. priced at 1/4 of the cheapest one available in Sweden. Siiiick, I dont want to live here any longer
Haha. But when you get here you'll realise that americans are just poor -- we don't make near as much as you. Not a bad place to buy a boat the past few years though . . ..

As for specific US Boats, those Jack Horner Reviews that Gord pointed out are a decent starting point. I still think that at the end of the day, you can't take subjectivity and passion out of boat ownership or reviews or opinions. You know what kind of boats turn you on . . . narrow it down to a handfull and then start asking lots of questions. And, enjoy the hunt.
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tyvm all. Now Ive got something to work with
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