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Depends where on the Broads you intend to sail / keep her.
Remember that in some areas there is a lot of tree screening and narrow - sometimes shallow - channels. Boats designed for open sea work and wide waterways may not be a good idea. Also depends on your view of aesthetics.
How much do you want to spend - to buy and to maintain?
New boats that work well on the Broads - try Colin Buttifant's Bure and Womack Classics - classic broads cruisers built to a modern standard.
Thanks for the info guys, I have looked at macgregor 26 but have heard some reports that its very poor quality both in build & perfomance??, however looks alot of boat for the money. I am looking around the 25k mark, fairly easy to handle. Love the tradtional look but fear that both budget and extra maintainence could rule this option out. Most likley to be based on the southern broads.
The McGregor is not a great sailer, I grant you that, just turn the motor on! Build quality is fine but fittings are basic economy jobs. Basically you get a lot of internal space and boat for your money. I don't like the wheel steering as much as I do a tiller but you can always take it to sea which makes it a versatile beast. There are much better sailers out there. The high aspect rig Pegusus goes much better. For a family boat, rather than a performance job, for pottering about rather than racing I'd be happy to own a McGregor. I think it would be fair to say that they are motor boats that sail rather than sailing boats that motor.
Jenny Morgan, Being the name of my boat and the generic name applied to the flag atop of a Norfolk Wherry mast, unique to Broadland. Now you know!
This message was edited by JennyMorgan on Sep-27-06 @ 9:47 AM