Shorthanded cruiser search 33-37' and $60k budget

Grotesque

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After 50 years of sailing, most of that racing round the buoys at Chicago, I am looking for my next boat. This time, I'm looking for a cruiser. One that I can take out shorthanded or singlehanded. My budget is US$60k. I am looking at 33 to 37'. I am focused on fresh water boats. Here are some boats I have interest in, boats and pricing in the US. 

  • S2 10.3 $23k
  • Frers 36 $39k
  • C&C 99 $59k
  • SO 36.2 $65k
  • SO 36i $70k
  • SO 37 $80k

These others are very interesting, but out of my price range: 

  • Beneteau First 36.7 $77k
  • SF 37 $101k
  • J/120 $119k
  • J/109 $139k (I sold my J/105 in 2010. Great racer. Wet boat. Easy to sail solo on nicer days)
  • C&C 115 $149k

I am not looking for a project. I had one of those, a old Tartan 10, replacing most of the balsa core. Of course, marine hardware and electronics are always in need of attention. Every boat will have "projects". I am looking for something ready to use.

Any ideas would greatly be appreciated!  

 

Grotesque

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Freedom 35. 
Looking at photos, this is a beautiful boat. I have not sailed a Freedom, and it is evidently a good reacher and runner, but not a pointer.

Plus I love to hold on to the standing rigging, and this boat has none! Maybe that explains the low low prices.

 

Grotesque

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Georgeous boat out in Point Richmond CA for $50K. The seller states this: 
When Schumacher penned the Express 37, his objective was to design a boat that would excel on long ocean races, that was easy and safe to sail short-handed, and would have at least 6′ of standing headroom. The first boats built by Alsberg Brother Boatworks finished 1, 2 and 3 in the 1985 TransPac, an ocean race held on the West Coast. There were eventually 65 built and these boats continue to compile an enviable record.

 

Jambalaya

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Smaller Beneteau 31.7 (assuming they sold those in US)

J92 sails very nicely solo but I imagine not enough of a cruiser for you. 

 
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Leeroy Jenkins

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Georgeous boat out in Point Richmond CA for $50K. The seller states this: 
When Schumacher penned the Express 37, his objective was to design a boat that would excel on long ocean races, that was easy and safe to sail short-handed, and would have at least 6′ of standing headroom. The first boats built by Alsberg Brother Boatworks finished 1, 2 and 3 in the 1985 TransPac, an ocean race held on the West Coast. There were eventually 65 built and these boats continue to compile an enviable record.


I think @Raz'r had one.  Raced it and cruised it as well. 

 

ryley

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Looking at photos, this is a beautiful boat. I have not sailed a Freedom, and it is evidently a good reacher and runner, but not a pointer.

Plus I love to hold on to the standing rigging, and this boat has none! Maybe that explains the low low prices.
it points fine for a cruiser. I have the bigger sister, the Freedom 45. I don't even know what to say about your second comment.

 

pironiero

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One in Spain for $134k. Not this one - it's near-new, yes, but it's budget anarchy !

I'm finding some good cruiser racers at $60k. 
that because you trying to buy from resellers, you can get it for like 55k new from factory and cruise it to your home

 

Grotesque

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Does anyone have experience with the Thomas 35? The Tartan-built Thomas 35 seems like a good racer/cruiser. One available in Great Lakes selling for $36k. PHRF rating of 72.  Is this a "good" Tartan or a bad one in terms of build?  I did own and race a T-10 in the 1990's. The T-10 had build issues, and I found Tartan support to be poor.

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