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Old 25-05-2010, 20:14   #1
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Full Keel Boat Suggestions ?

Hello. I am looking for a sea worthy full keel boat from the early 80s or late 70s in the 28-36 ft range. It doesnt need to be fancy but does need to be sturdy. I have looked at the Contessa 26 but too small. I am hoping to keep the initial cost to less than $20,000 as I am expecting to have to pour a little in to get her sea-ready.

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Old 25-05-2010, 20:21   #2
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5K over your price but try haggling him down.... wave the greenbacks under his nose and let him sniff em...
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Interesting, i dont know much about the Island Trader Ketch. Thanks for the referral. I will do some research...
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We are really happy with our Cape Dory 30. We have been on the smaller versions like the 25 and the 28 (which seem to be more in your price range) and are equally impressed with the build quality.
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For that price your choices will be limited. I saw a nice-looking Tahiti ketch (32 ft) on Yachtworld, but it is a wood boat.
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Cape Dory..You may have to get a fixer upper in-order to stay under budget. Wonderful boats, great following..I own one.
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Old 26-05-2010, 06:47   #7
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Dunno if you found this site for Island Traders.... may be of interest with owners reviews etc....
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A bit on the older side of your range, but meets all the other criteria (including price) quite well: Alberg 30
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Even if you could find one for 20K, the Cape Dory 30 and the Arberg 30 have small interiors. I'd look at an Allied 32 ketch or a fixer-upper Westsail 32 cutter if you want more interior space.
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The Gulf 32 might fit you bill. They are very study and impressive yachts. See Gulf32 Specifications and Browse Gulf boats for sale - New and Used Gulf for sale .

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Most of the boats designed and/or built in the '60s were full keel. Boats like the Pearson Vanguard, Wanderer, 35, etc; Bristol 33, etc; Allied Seawind and Luders 33, Cal 30, and many more. These boats are older than you specified but their hulls are super stout. Most have been upgraded with newer diesels, rigging etc. so are really in better shape than younger boats that haven't been upgraded.
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