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Old 12-10-2015, 12:41   #16
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

You may want to also consider an S2 9.2., perhaps not a sailboat you'd want to cross the ocean with, but a super great sailboat for coastal cruising and small hops down to the Caribbean.
We comfortably cruised the rugged west coast of BC for 15 years in our centre cockpit, S2 9.2. She was sturdy and comfortable for us and visiting family/friends. Often, we could tuck in close to islands, when other boats had to anchor out farther. Just another benefit.
I have a friend that bought the aft cockpit model and cruised/lived on the boat while checking out the Bahamas and the Caribbean, solo for 5 years. He thought the size was perfect, for one or two people living the lifestyle and keeping costs reasonable.
Just a thought.
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Old 12-10-2015, 13:07   #17
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

and remember, when you are buying a boat you are buying an engine. May seem strange to say that about a sailboat, but nothing can do more to lower the value of a boat than an inboard that is old, worn out or doesn't work.
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Old 12-10-2015, 13:07   #18
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

Arpege has a very good reputation. Could be your boat right there.

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Old 12-10-2015, 13:59   #19
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

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In about a years time I want to get about a 30 foot sloop for coastal use around Oriental, NC.

I plan to do some homework before proceeding. Any advice would be appreciated. Have sailed small boats, when I was younger. So I know a tiny bit about it

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Howdy Michael! Welcome aboard CF!

I see this is one of your first posts and you are new to CF.

Since you have about a year during which you can research boats, I suggest you do the following:

Subscribe to the thread that is focused on different boat types and noteworthy finds that are currently for sale at prices less than $30K. This thread is a long term discussion thread on multiple brands and types and sizes of boats that are commonly seen on the used market and often recommended. I have recently posted several boats that are about the size you want.

Boats Less than $30K
Boats Less Than $30K Recent Noteworthy Finds

2. I am sure you will get answers to your questions in this thread, along with suggestions of some boats. Another good thing to do is to read back in the archives of the forum to find similar threads asking for "which boat" and look at more suggestions.

3. If you are looking for a "cruising" boat, there are several sites that list the commonly suggested brands and models of boats that were popular (mostly in the USA) and built mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of these may be found in your area and some may be on the used market within your budget. Here are a few sites that list many boats and/or describe them.

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Sailboat Reviews of Offshore Cruising Yachts : Bluewaterboats.org

Mahina Expeditions conducts sailing and navigation training and expeditions in the South Pacific and offers offshore sailing seminars

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Good luck on your boat search!
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Old 12-10-2015, 14:32   #20
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

Dont think you can buy a island packet or nonsuch for 39k
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Old 12-10-2015, 14:59   #21
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Dont think you can buy a island packet or nonsuch for 39k
1986 Island Packet 31 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Quite a few in that price range.

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Old 12-10-2015, 15:53   #22
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

Check out sailboatlistings.Com
Hundred of boats available in your market
Try the later years of oday, cal, pearson
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Old 12-10-2015, 16:29   #23
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

Cheoy Lee Luders 30 is a nice choice too, if you find any around.
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Old 12-10-2015, 16:48   #24
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

Maybe the OP doesn't know but folks come from far and wide to buy sailboats in and around Oriental, NC.

There are tons of sailboats for sale in that area................

Here are a couple broker sites there:

http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...roker&lineonly


http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...roker&lineonly


http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...:71&searchPage=


http://whittakercreek.com/


then there's craigslist etc in oriental........
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Re: Looking to Buy 30 Foot Sloop Next Year

I have just listed this boat with Lawson Yachts who may very well relist it on Yacht World or Iboats. In the meantime I have an 1987 27Ft Island Packet for sale and will probably be in your price range. Check out this boat on line and if you have any further interest, let me know.
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Old 14-10-2015, 21:33   #26
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Good question. I was thinking of a good used boat maybe in the vicinity of 30K. No idea whether that's even doable

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Totally doable, we just purchased a Bristol 29.9 for an amiable price. You will have to do all the usual maintainence on an older boat (rebeding etc) but that is the nature of the beast as it were. Good luck on your boat hunting.
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