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View Poll Results: What is the best 30 ft for the money
Albin 30 0 0%
Bristol 30 2 10.00%
C&c 30 0 0%
Cal 30 1 5.00%
Catalina 30 7 35.00%
Grampian 30 0 0%
Hunter 30 3 15.00%
Morgan 30 0 0%
O'day 30 0 0%
Olson 30 1 5.00%
Pearson 30 0 0%
S-2 9.2 1 5.00%
Seidelmann 30 0 0%
Tartan 30 2 10.00%
Another 30 ft (state below) 3 15.00%
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Old 25-09-2013, 20:21   #1
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What is the best 30 ft for the money

I am looking for the best sailboat 30 ft. Now live in New York City, NY will be moving to Boston- MA area. Want it safe!, big cabin, good maintence record. Am on disability so limited in funds- Need your input- thanks-
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Old 25-09-2013, 20:26   #2
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

It depends. Will you be cruising or day sailing or living on it? And why 30ft?
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

To a great degree the answer will depend on your primary use for the boat.

Will you fill time liveaboard?

Mostly at the dock or cruising?

Ocean crossing or island hopping?

Ever go to the Bahamas and Keys so shallow draft?

Just you or all the family?

Without more info, a lot of boat for the money is a Catalina 30. Very roomy, lots of them built so some deals to be had. Reasonable quality and reasonable performance.
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It depends. Will you be cruising or day sailing or living on it? And why 30ft?
Day sailing and living on it- 30ft because that's a good size sailboat for just myself-
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To a great degree the answer will depend on your primary use for the boat.

Will you fill time liveaboard?

Mostly at the dock or cruising?

Ocean crossing or island hopping?

Ever go to the Bahamas and Keys so shallow draft?

Just you or all the family?

Without more info, a lot of boat for the money is a Catalina 30. Very roomy, lots of them built so some deals to be had. Reasonable quality and reasonable performance.

Will you fill time liveaboard?
Yes liveaboard

Mostly at the dock or cruising?
At the dock

Ocean crossing or island hopping?
Day sailing

Ever go to the Bahamas and Keys so shallow draft?
No I'll be the Northeast

Just you or all the family?
Just myself
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Old 25-09-2013, 20:39   #6
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

Budget?
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Old 25-09-2013, 20:41   #7
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Budget?

under $15,000
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

In that size and with your budget there's lots of options but still think the Catalina 30 a good option. Very roomy for a 30' liveaboard.
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

scottian, here are a couple of listings near Boston that might deserve a look.
Pearson 323
Catalina 30
Pearson 30
Ericson 28
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Re: What is the best 30 ft for the money

I would choose whichever has had the best maintenance, has a diesel engine and is the cheapest. I won't vote for just one.
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scottian, here are a couple of listings near Boston that might deserve a look.
Pearson 323
Catalina 30
Pearson 30
Ericson 28

Thanks- Looks like some good picks-
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I would choose whichever has had the best maintenance, has a diesel engine and is the cheapest. I won't vote for just one.
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For the use intended pretty much anything will do the job. The big decider really coming down to personal taste on layout.........albeit with the most important thing being condition for buck.
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I'd go with the S2 just for the aft stateroom and separate shower/tub. I think the center cockpit would also lend itself better to a full enclosure for additiona living space while at the dock.
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I am looking for the best sailboat 30 ft. Now live in New York City, NY will be moving to Boston- MA area. Want it safe!, big cabin, good maintence record. Am on disability so limited in funds- Need your input- thanks-
Catalina 30, there is a reason it is the best selling 30' of all time.
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Catalina 30, there is a reason it is the best selling 30' of all time.

Here's Sail Panache | The Boat what you can do with a Catalina 30.
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