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Buy a sailboat without breaking the bank

Sunfish SailboatQ: Hi Gear Guy,

I want to buy a sailboat but don’t want to break the bank. What is an affordable 35 to 40-foot boat with a nice cabin I can sleep in?

— Captain Theodore, Trenton, New Jersey

A: Wow, a 40-foot sailboat with a cabin? Theodore, I want your allowance!

O.K., just for kicks, here’s an answer for you: One of the most affordable starter sailboats with a cabin is the Catalina 22 ( You can find them on the Internet used and ready to sail for as low as $1,000-$3,000. It’s not 40-feet long but a Catalina 22 is 22 feet long, has a pretty big cabin, and is probably plenty of sailboat for you.

For those readers who are just looking for a small boat to learn how to sail, the classic 14-foot Laser Performance Sunfish ($4,265; is a stable, easy-to-sail boat. And you can find a used Sunfish for as little as $500.

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6 Comments on Buy a sailboat without breaking the bank

  1. buy a sailboat? for what?

  2. nice article, thanks..

  3. Great deal I’m getting one.

  4. gbfgbnfgxn fhx // October 17, 2014 at 11:47 pm // Reply

    That’s still expensive!

  5. When you are done showing gear guy your allowance I would like to see it

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