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Old 17-06-2009, 12:27   #16
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Send me your email and I will send you an Excel spreadsheet with some sailboats I have found for sale in the past 6 months which you might find yourself considering as they are fairly common. There are about 200 sailboats on this list. I have sorted them out by price, then some other things which are important to me, such as Comfort Ratio above 30, Ballast / Displacement Ratio above 38%, full keel... You can put them all in one column by sorting on Column A - Name, then do your own sorting out per your wishes and criteria. The focus is on 30' - 35' range, and most of the prices in the "Price" column are for boats which probably "need some fixing" as they are at the bottom of their model group by price, but not in bad condition. Get anything you are serious about under contract with an inspection contingency for a survey. Get a GOOD surveyor who has a good reputation and good references.
Could you send me the list as well. We have a Columbia Defender 29.6' and I think it would make it fine in the pacific but we would prefer a wheel to tiller and a covered pilot area. The little Defender is a tough little boat and perfect for the Pacific Northwest cruising the Strait of Juan De Fuca where we live. We'd be more comfortable in a 32' - 35' for cruising to my husband's home in New Zealand. Thanks

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Old 17-06-2009, 12:42   #17
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I went through this about 1 1/2 years ago. My budget was less but willing to spend as much on refit as the boat. I chose the Yankee 30. All in I have about 30K $ So far it's a sailors dream but has limited space and tankage, but nothing I don't think can be overcome with some creativity. I've heard VERY good things about the Rawson. I'll be sailing to Mx and then the S. Pacific after about a year in Sea of Cortez.

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