Originally Posted by csharp
I have been a powerboat guy for much of my 56 years living here on the Southcoast of MA. I now have the time to try a new experience in sailing. I would appreciate any input from any sailors familiar with this area and sea conditions. I am looking to purchase
comfortable to sleep 4-6 adults. 30'-34' for apprx. $25k. A cruising vessel that will be forgiving but still require some skills. Racing is not a consideration. I have been in the mrkt for 6 months and have found an 1987 Oday 322, that has peaked my interest. I have also been looking online at Pearson, S-2, Catalina
, Freedom. My harbormaster will require me to have a vessel on my mooring
by 9/1/13. Thanks in advance for any help.
Any good old boat will be fine in the size you're looking for here in Buzzards Bay...Obviously, you're not looking for a racer
so no need to look at the lighter fin keelers...Keep your mind open when looking as you can get great deals right now...I see in our local Craigslist many great deals and for $25,000 you can get a mint old cruiser in that size range...
I kept my mind open until a 1968 Tartan 27 found me...For me and the wife, it's the perfect boat for Buzzards Bay cruising...
That O'Day you're looking is a beautiful boat...Very roomy for a 32...Also pretty light...The lines will provide a much different handling boat than traditional heavier full keel
plastic classics...Just make sure you get to sail different boat types so that you how each type sail...Either that or just research
types so that you know what kind of performance/characteristics to expect...
Of course, with the kind of money
you're looking to spend you have to get a survey