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Old 05-10-2011, 17:14   #16
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I agree with the other cruising sailors here. Steer well clear of buying anything made MacGregor. I call them "Tupperware boats" because they are made entirely of plastic, very cheap, flimsy plastic. If you plan to venture onto the ocean, even for a brief daysail, you best have a decent quality boat. Unlike a lake, conditions on the ocean can change very quickly and if you are a novice in a poor quality boat, then you could be at risk.
Cburger mentioned a boat called a Typhoon. He claimed it was built Cape Dory Yachts but it was built by Boston Whaler, if I remember correctly. It was daysailer type, similar to the daysailer built by O'Day Yachts back in the '70's. It was a well constructed boat and very easy to learn on, and very capable of going offshore, once you get some experience of course.
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Old 05-10-2011, 17:32   #17
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Re: new sailor needs opinions on a boat

If you're as green as you'd say, and given that money is tight, I'd start by getting some experience. Do some crewing, join a club, take some classes at a sailing school. As well as skills you will get a better idea of what kind of boat you want, and what kind of sailing to do. Then, when money isn't so tight...
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Oops! My mistake! Cape Dory did make a sailboat called the "Typhoon". Boston Whaler made one called the "Harpoon". The "Harpoon" is a bit smaller, but both are excellent boats.
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Owner just replied and said it is ready to sail (lines, sails, motor, etc). They are that bad hu? I actually read a few reviews that suggested that they were slow under both. It's rare to find a seaworthy boat I can afford but yea, I'd hate to regret the purchase. Thanks for the input. Cheers
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The Cape Dory boat company had a model called the "Typhoon". I am going from memory here so everyone take it easy. It was about 19'. Rhodes designed full keeled sloop. The quality of construction is way beyond the McGregor and their seaworthty. It would make an ideal boat in which to launch a lifetime love of sailing and learn the basics on. Nice large cockpit for daysailing and sleeping out in and a little cuddy cabin for overnighting.

Another plus is a decent one can usually be had in the 2k range. I know where there is is a nice one right now languishing in a yard that could be had free or for next to nothing. I have been told an adventureous person sailed on across the Atlantic. Type of boat I would start my son with.

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Sweet boat. Designed by Alberg I think. Had one in 1975 (bought it new and had a Evinrude 9.9 hanging off the back). Full Keel. I would sail that boat in any weather. I often found myself out in small craft warnings when everyone else had run for home. Run aground...get off and push.
Loved it so much that when I upsized I bought it's brother, an Alberg 30.
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