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  1. Thank you. That's really helpfull. Looks like there is less boats in our price range on trademe at the moment. Regarding the keel boats, what is the disadvantage here? Is it expensive/difficult to change them when they are rusty?
  2. I am sure there is plenty of great GOP boats. I am not totally against GOP, I just thought GRP will be easier for maintenance and maybe less maintenance? We want to sail not repair/build... I know there will be always some work to do but the less the better. i came across other boats which looks good to me. What do you think about compass 790 and Tracker 7.7? If you were to compare those to Raven 26? Cheers,
  3. Thank you, Yes, I have noticed. Looks like too much a project for us and I have been told to avoid GOP boats.
  4. Thank you! I am aware of Cook Strait (well at least from what I have read so far). That is the goal. Get confident enough to do the crossing. If we end up in Mana we will definitely join Mana Cruising Club and take the opportunity to do the fleet crossing. Not many Ravens on sale at the moment...What do you thing about this one? https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/listing/3084130849?bof=gQOBdH3j
  5. Hi all, A little bit of background about us. We (me and my partner) are beginner sailors. We started just about a year ago with introductory sailing course in Port Nic and then sailed several weekends (a few races and some cruising from Mana). We have been talking about buying a boat pretty much from our sailing inception but it was more of a dream than a plan. But we have realized recently it does not have to be just a dream and it might be feasible for us to own our boat. Our idea is to buy a small boat we can take out as often as possible. I started with a little bit of research
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