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    Boat ideas?

    If you have not located a boat, I have a suggestion and it is my 1988 Freedom 36. Not listed yet but coming soon at about $90k with no major upgrades needed. It meets your goals and conditions, in your own words: Easy to sail with self tacking jib and spinnaker in ATN snuffer Single handing is super easy. We had some "never ever" friends on board and the husband confided he could not help me sail the boat and I replied "its OK, I can sail her by myself" (which I have done) The Freedom 36 is a cruiser, not a racer but sails surprisingly well. As a former J-boat owner I have a pretty high standard. The boat is a cat sloop, with a reliable Yanmar, also huge inside for a 36’ boat. Standing headroom is great. She goes upwind pretty damn well. Autopilot. Furling Jib. Very sturdy & dry hull construction. Very good visibility. Not fussy in terms of how well the rig is tuned (since there is no standing rigging). It is a nice looking boat and it was in fresh water for many years so she doesn't smell bad! Electric head with freshwater flush helps in this regard. As opposed to your O’day: Cockpit is large and comfortable Does not round up. Very stiff with unstayed rig. Top of main twists off when overpowered. No fighting the rudder. Mainsheet and traveler are run from the cockpit (as are ALL lines: 10 clutches feeding lines to two winches). No going to the mast to reef and get the main up and down. Everything runs to the pit on forward starboard side of cockpit. No stack pack. We have a 2020 Neil Pryde fully-battened main that drops into 5-leg lazy jacks and a classic mainsail cover. Not everything is old. Previously mentioned head is great; batteries and charger and chart plotter and radar and instruments are <4 years old 3-blade feathering Max Prop means great performance under sail and real reverse and good punch in choppy seas Dodger is old and admittedly needs replacement Fit and finish inside are very nice with a galley and head that your wife would enjoy weekending on. The boat would hit your budget since you would not need new electronics etc. The boat is older than the vintage you were looking at, but much better than Beneteau or Catalina production boats. There is a limited amount of pretty wood topside, which we have maintained with Bristol Finish. The teak hand rails on the coach roof are too hard to keep bright so we have stripped them and keep them oiled. Let me know if you have any interest! We just hauled the boat for the winter and she is located in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Robert F36 select photos.pdf
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    what's wrong with it?

    As we all know, it ain’t the cost of the horse it’s the cost of the hay! And the tack, the vet, the stall, the transport, the trainer, the jockey etc. etc.
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    Uprate the outboard on J70: Any experience please?

    Do you need to buy one? Where are you located?
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    what is it?

    Minecraft 42