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Old 01-11-2007, 15:08   #16
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Don't know much about newer boats because .... well, I'm old. But, we 'delivered' a Catalina 36 (MarkII - I think - 1995 model) from Bahamas to USVI. Very nice boat - a kind of odd but very useable aft cabin. It took us 4 months to deliver it, but we had a great time on this boat. We also boat-sat an '85 Hunter Legend 40. IMHO, the '80s H40s in Good Condition are by far the best value for 2 people cruising the Bahamas/Caribbean (which surprisingly you have expressed no interest in). Don't know anything about fresh water boats.

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Old 01-11-2007, 15:32   #17
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Yeah I am not a caribbean person..hate sitting on beaches and any tempetures over 80 makes me head for air conditioning. Been to the Dominican and to Mexico and didn't really like either so when Ian and I talked about where we would like to take a few years off and sail the only place I would even consider is over in Europe....I have been all through Europe several times (backpacking) and I love the culture, old buildings, people, food, history dream has always been to live in Italy (my favourite country), and Ian has never been there so we decided maybe we could combine our dreams and live in Europe on a sailboat for at least a year travelling around and that is what we would like to plan - eventually after we sail the waters here for at least two years to get a hang of it..then we will buy a boat in Europe to use for our cruising there. I noticed that most people here sail south not lots of information on European sailing...

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Old 01-11-2007, 16:17   #18
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OK, for Lake Ontario sailing, I would go for comfort - maybe an older Catalina 30 (perhaps the most popular boat ever made) or H34, or newer H32 - or if you can afford it, H340, Catalina 36.

You'll have very different options in Europe - Italy is way cool.
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Old 01-11-2007, 16:36   #19
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Blog from Toronto couple who did Europe/Med/World in an Ontario 32.

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Old 01-11-2007, 16:49   #20
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Don't try to force yourself to "love" sailing it is something that will either work its way into your sole or will not.
Well said.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:31   #21
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just curious reluctant. did you buy a boat , and did you join a club?
i am also considering a new boat

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