Which of these boats should I buy?

Discussion in 'Sailing Talk' started by Gus Cavalcanti, Mar 4, 2013.

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Which of these boats should I buy?

Poll closed Mar 7, 2013.
  1. 1980 O'Day DaySailer II - costs 1/3 of what second option costs

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  2. 2006 Catalina Capri 16.5 - costs 3 times what first option does

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  1. Gus Cavalcanti

    Gus Cavalcanti New Member

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    option 1: 1980 O'Day DaySailer II
    option 2: 2006 Catalina Capri 16.5

    Both in good condition except option 1 is 1/3 of the price of option 2.

    My goals:
    * learn how to sail
    * sail in protected waters/lake
    * sail with family occasionally
    * single handing most of the time as well as rigging it on my own
    * Maybe racing as well

    Please cast your votes. Thanks!!!
     
  2. Merrimac

    Merrimac Member

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    Both would provide a good experience, but, what about a trailer? You might be able to find more spare parts for the 16.5 Catalina. But if your not concerned about that then go for the cheaper boat.

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  3. baseman

    baseman On the Water

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    Two things pop out at me here. One is learn to sail, and the second is single handed. Maybe you should consider learning to sail first. Either boat would be a good choice, but, to single hand a boat with two sails requires practice.
     
  4. Gus Cavalcanti

    Gus Cavalcanti New Member

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    Baseman, you're right, and I will work in learning before adventuring myself. But I meant to say that even after learning I plan to single-hand. :)
    Thanks for your comment!
     
  5. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    If so, you would be better off with a Sunfish or a Laser...
     
  6. Merrimac

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    Sunfish or laser well yea but... if you troll through local craigslist small sailboats are always popping up.
     
  7. Archie

    Archie New Member

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    Base on your goals, Option 2 would be better.
     
  8. SKIP42

    SKIP42 New Member

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    I learns to sail on Oday day sailer at a community sailing program. We sailed with just the main Intel we
    qualified to use the jib it sailed OK under just main. We raced under just main on Sunday mornings.
     

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