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Old 18-05-2008, 01:50   #1
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newer good blue water cruisers

I'm starting to get serious about cruising but don't have a lot of spare cash.
there is plenty of info about small (32 to 22 foot )cruisers from the 1970s.but not much about boats from 80s and 90s which don't seem too expensive. 40 year old boats don't seem all that safe to me. what do you say? any suggestions?
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Old 18-05-2008, 14:04   #2
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This list has a number of boats in your size range that were produced later than the 1970's.
Mahina Expedition - Offshore Cruising Instruction

Not many made it into the 90's or the current decade and those that did are typically quite pricey like the Bristol Channel Cutter or PSC Dana/Mariah etc.
If you are on a budget...you'll probably need a 1980's boat to hit it. Check Westsail, Capedory, Baba, Yankee within your size limits for capable boats at reasonable prices.
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Old 18-05-2008, 14:47   #3
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40 year old boats don't seem all that safe to me.
There's nothing inherently unsafe about a 40 year old fiberglass boat. My 1962 28' Pearson Triton is going on 46 years old, and with some modifications and improvements, this is the boat that will take me around the world in about four years.
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Agree with Triton ... La Nostra is 32 and going strong, mainly because whe is built like a floating tank! There were a LOT of god boats built 30-35 years ago which ae still more capable when the going gets tough than most of the production boats built today. Just take your time, look, listen and learn ... then trust your gut (and a good surveyor).
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thanks for the Mahina list camraderie.I guess I need to start nosing around the docks ,and these posts.
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