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Old 03-04-2014, 20:07   #1
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Hey all. I have only one year of sailing under my belt - mostly self taught so far - on a 17' Siren. A great little sailboat, IMHO, but a little tippy. Tender is I believe the term.

Anyhow, I am going to buy a 25-29' this spring so I frighten my family a little less when I make one of my classic uncontrolled jibes. I'm also going to take proper lessons.

I definitely need assistance in purchasing the right boat. Hope you all can help me out a little. Also looking to make a few friends with similar interests.

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Old 04-04-2014, 01:38   #2
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:59   #4
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Have at look at C&C 25's, they're good performers and ultra stable with the keel weighing almost half as much as the boat. Lots of them around and usually under 10K.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!

Yes, lessons will help you with anything uncontrolled.

My personal feeling is that it's best to find a boat which suits your sailing needs for now (not the future) and pick something that is common to your area. You'll have a better chance of resale if you don't fall in love with something which is highly modified or an odd duck.

Good luck with whatever you choose. If you were on the west coast of the US I'd recommend a Catalina 25, 27 or 30 but they may not be as common where you are.
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Old 20-05-2014, 14:28   #6
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The C&C 25 is a solid boat and there are many around on the Great Lakes. There are also quite a few Mirage 26's and 27's (same boat but latter has a reverse transom) that are a great boat, pretty to look at, and designed by one this forum's members. Solid boat all around. The Tanzer 24 is also a good little boat (with sitting headroom) that is dirt cheap and plentiful. Niagara 26's I also like. There are a lot of boats in your size range so I think with some searching you can find a good one. Most first timers these days seem to think they need a 36 footer.
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Welcome, from the Right Coast of Canada.
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I bought and EDEL540 this winter.. I haven't sailed it yet as the ice just left our lakes..

My research shows they are a pretty solid boat and super stable with their wide beam. Should be a few of them around on the Great Lakes as they were built in Quebec.

P.S. They also have a larger version..
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I purchased a Hinterhoeller GT 26. I don't know why, but I liked it. Anyone have any experience 've with it? It seemsg to be rare. Not much online.
Single sail w 40 ft mast. Really clean. Looking forward to making my first bunch of mistakes.
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