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Old 01-09-2016, 14:57   #46
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Re: Any good 20 foot cruisers out there? For liveabord? With head!

Check out the Tanzer 22. There are two listed on Kijiji.ca for 1000.00 Canadian which at the moment is about 760.00 US. There are a number of others listed a little higher but on an offer they might still get down to your 1K US.

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Re: Any good 20 foot cruisers out there? For liveabord? With head!

Has anyone mentioned a 1960s Islander 24?
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Old 01-09-2016, 21:47   #49
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Has anyone mentioned a 1960s Islander 24?
Yes also a nice little boat. The Columbia 24 came out of that hull and has a larger cabin, a little easier to live in.
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Old 01-09-2016, 22:01   #50
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I bought a 25 foot MacGregor for $1000.00. Came with 3 sets of sails, life jackets, fenders, marine radio, it has a nice little head, a dinette, about a double size bed, an extra rudder and much more. I built a small closet and a set of drawers. it still has a small couch and I made my own galley with a sink, microwave and toaster oven and I have a propane BBQ hanging off the side of the cockpit. I bought a 5HP outboard and I love the boat. it has a popup roof on the cabin and I'm 6'2" and don't have to bend over. What I've been told is the MacGregor has a good reputation.
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I bought a 25 foot MacGregor for $1000.00. Came with 3 sets of sails, life jackets, fenders, marine radio, it has a nice little head, a dinette, about a double size bed, an extra rudder and much more. I built a small closet and a set of drawers. it still has a small couch and I made my own galley with a sink, microwave and toaster oven and I have a propane BBQ hanging off the side of the cockpit. I bought a 5HP outboard and I love the boat. it has a popup roof on the cabin and I'm 6'2" and don't have to bend over. What I've been told is the MacGregor has a good reputation.
A MacGregor is generally viewed as a weekend lake boat, and not suitable for coastal and certainly not for cross ocean sailing. I must say though, you got a great deal, and if the OP is limited to $1,000, at least the MacGregor would get him started.
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My suggestion would be to keep an eye on Ebay and Boat Angel. Lotta nice boats end up going for next to nothing. . .

Otherwise, for the size boats you are looking at, I would practice living in a car to keep your overhead low and start saving every penny you earn for a couple months
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There are people out there doing it every which way. No absolutes. Find the boat in your area that's the best boat for the money. Maybe save some more, I don't know. Be smart, put the feelers out to learn your limitations, and don't waste too much time planning. Many of the good folks on this forum are coming at it from a different angle, generally speaking, being older. Being young: Go do it; don't be stupid; learn; have fun.

My biggest mistake leading up to casting the lines off was trying to get everything "just so".

Get the basics in order; know your boat; and don't fall off. Simple! Then learn to fish.
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Albin Vega
Excellent choice: They were built like rescue boat... I remember the story of four big boys (30 or 40 years ago!) going across the Atlantic in a 27' Vega from the Canary islands to the West Indies. I think they started from Danemark or Sweeden...
The Albin Vega 27 Sailboat : Bluewaterboats.org
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here'a a link to a video done by someone who bought a boat for $1000, worked on it for a month or so and then sailed it to Dominican Republic. They bought the wrong boat, IMHO, but they made it work on almost no money.

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here's an affordable starter boat. I had a friend who sailed the entire florida coastline in one of these. No offshore passage maker, but perfectly adequate for the ICW. $2K ready to go. With trailer!

https://cfl.craigslist.org/boa/5729858162.html
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23' Watkins. On a trailer. With 9.9 and inflatable. $2k "negotiable, need gone asap." posted one day ago.

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Absolutely no debate that the Vega has been proven to be a well-made "bluewater" boat, but, to toot my own boat's horn: very similar dimensions, also built very tough, but I have over 1000# more of lead and so a little more "blue" in the displacement/waterline... so if you come across a Columbia 29 for that price, don't let it go without a good look IMO.
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