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Old 04-07-2012, 10:20   #16
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Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

I strongly agree with the others who say to go larger. Either that, or get the type of boat you're thinking of for the short term, and upgrade later.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:30   #17
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Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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An older boat in good to great condition is much better than a newer one in poor condition.
Thinking about selling mine: CSY 33 im Bristol Condition. Plenty big and no deferred maintenance, well equipped and comfortable.

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Old 11-08-2013, 18:37   #18
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Well, a year later and we ended up with none of the above! Interesting how that happens. I was actually beginning to believe we would never be able to make a decision and pull the trigger.

In March, we resumed the serious search and in April, we purchased Ataraxis, a 1979 Pearson 323. Right time, right place and the right price. Honestly, I am glad to have this phase behind us.

One common thread amongst all of the replies is that 30' is too small for the plans we have. After 5 months, I can certainly agree we need to rethink our cunning plan! I am certain she is a good starter boat but I finally understand the need for more space. My eldest son says we need a larger boat and that Ataraxis would be a great 'apartment' while he is attending college.

Thanks again for all of the helpful advice! Now if someone could explain how to add a profile picture.

Bob, Amy and the boys
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