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Old 11-04-2013, 06:57   #1
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good morning all,
I'm brand new to sailing, as a U.S. Marine I've spent alot of time at sea but never on a sailboat or anything smaller than an LPH(gator freighter).Currently living in Minnesota started taking sailing lessons in Duluth, I'm saving every penny possible to buy a boat, probably be ready in 2016. I would really appreciate any input as to size and type.Looking hard at the Catalina 320's also found the Hunter 33.5s appealing, I eventually want to live aboard and cruise into retirement.

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:43   #2
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I met my best sailing buddy in my first cruising class 4 years ago, and having him to sail with and learn together has been a blessing. It's a good place to start making connections.

I would never recommend it, like a lot of things I do, but we ended up buying a boat together and it's been tremendous. For one, cut every cost in half, and you've always got someone to sail with.

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:49   #3
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'not your boat and 'not your time, but be aware that there are some great deals for those that search and wait. Where I'm currently located someone just brought in a ca. 90's Catalina 30 that has some cosmetic dings and a loose hanging rub rail. The owner wanted to list it through the broker here, but the broker would not take it ugly and there it sits without action. There are a couple other 28 to 30 foot boats here that owners are letting go for under 5K as the owners are pressed by continued slip rental. There are those that should not be sought after because of mechanical and rigging needs, but the patience searcher can find boats that are in good shape with only a few cosmetic needs. My current liveaboard neighbor bought his mid-30's Bristol here for 11.5K and it is pristine and loaded with fine equipment. He needed to put in a holding tank and do a little painting, cabinetry work and deck/freeboard cleaning and it's a beauty. Be patient, search boats on site that are not widely marketed and, by all means, don't fall in love with a boat that isn't low cost, meets you criteria and an easy fix.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:56   #4
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Welcome aboard! Hope you find that perfect boat...good size to get you started cruising.
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Wot they said.. if it was nice...
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, megablister.

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