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Old 12-06-2010, 14:20   #1
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Well, I Did it !

Hello all I am a new member here but have been lurking on this site and others for about 6 months. I have lived on the coast of south carolina my entire life and always been on the water but always in power boats. Well as my 40th birthday fast approaches something about sailing as really peaked my intrest. I kept saying if the right boat comes along maybe well low and behold I found a 1969 25' coronado owned by the same owner for the last 11 seasons. after initial inspection it appears the boat has been well cared for and maintained. it has an encapsalted lead keel with a 4' draft. Please respond with feelings if this will be a good first boat to begin what I hope becomes the next adventure in my life
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Old 12-06-2010, 14:54   #2
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It would work for me as a first sailboat if the price is right, and if the sailboat is in reasonable condition. You could get lots of nice coastal cruising and even cruise the Bahamas with a sailboat like that. As long as the boat is structurally sound, has a fair price, and doesn't need a lot of money poured into it,it may be a good deal.

Whenever I look at a used sailboat, I take a notebook and survey the yacht to see what changes need to be made to make the boat work for it's intended design and purpose. I add the cost of all the fixes and upgrades to the asking price to see what the boat will really cost me. I am brutally honest in figuring the true cost of ownership. Then I make up my mind.

It usually comes down to price, because you can fix most problems either yourself, or with a little help from your friends.
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Old 12-06-2010, 14:56   #3
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I kept saying if the right boat comes along maybe well low and behold I found a 1969 25' coronado owned by the same owner for the last 11 seasons... hope becomes the next adventure in my life
Congrats and welcome… Although it is hard to judge from pics, she looks like she could be a nicely maintained little gem, and from your understandable enthusiasm it sounds like she’ll not be tied to the dock much for awhile..
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I sailed a Coronado 27 all over the West Coast for several years. Spent a lot of time in the Channel Islands. It was a fun boat with lots of room for the size. The rigging was a bit undersized but if you are not crossing oceans it won't matter. Welcome, enjoy the boat and have fun. We spent almost two years in Beaufort and love South Carolina.
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Old 12-06-2010, 15:02   #5
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She looks perfect to me . Have fun and I hope you are on the water soon, living your dreams.
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Old 12-06-2010, 17:37   #6
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Old 12-06-2010, 17:42   #7
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Well done

Looks nice. It appears you've got a headsail furler which you'll learn to appreciate quickly and plenty of light in the cabin helps.

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Welcome, nice boat Buy her!!!
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Its always nice to get the opinion of a surveyor. For a boat that size it wouldn't cost too much.
She looks good though and that size is perfect for a starter boat. That year was good for Coronados.
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I bought a '69 Coronado 25 as my first boat just this past November. It's a great first boat. It's tough, it's simple, it's small enough to handle alone, and it sleeps a few people. It stand up quickly in a blow if it gets pushed over.

It's also slow, and doesn't point as high as modern designs but as a learner, you probably won't care about that too much. For my speed fix, I've been racing on other boats, and just enjoying mine on non-racing days.

You won't go wrong if it's well maintained and you decide to buy it.
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Old 13-06-2010, 22:32   #11
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hello everyone! I am kevster's wife as my screenname states. We sailed the boat today for the first time. I loved it!!!! Can't wait till Friday!!! Here are some other pics of the boat. Tomorrow I'm going to the mall to buy those cute boat shoes i saw the other day!!! Kevin said "you can't buy the shoes till we have a boat" .......
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Welcome Kevsters Wife Great photos, thanks for posting them (we love pics). Hope you two are out on the water and living the dream. BTW get those shoes, it is Friday somewhere (..in the universe).
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G'Day Guys,
Lovely posting and nice of you to share your excitement and plans with us all. The yacht looks just great and certainly appears to be very well maintained - although I am sure you'll find lots to do to get her just 'right' for you both.
Well done - enjoy - sail safe.
Who knows, maybe one day we'll see you out there cruising!
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Old 15-06-2010, 08:31   #14
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She looks like a fine boat, the interior wood work looks great! I think she's perfect for a "first" boat. We started on a Cal 9.2, and loved sailing her in Lake Texoma for a couple of seasons before we purchased Echo, our Morgan O/I 41 and are living aboard her in Ingleside Tx. I know you will have a great time learning to sail her, and treat yourself, buy 2 pairs of deck shoes!! Welcom aboard!!
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I think a lot of us are jealous. The "first time" feeling is unique and irreplaceable. That excitement, energy, enthusiasm and joy of feeling like a kid at Christmas with a new sailboat is fantastic! Enjoy, relax and don't take any of the "oops'es" too seriously.
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