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Best bets for used boats

Each month contributing writer Steve Knauth talks to owners about the used boats they bought, how they use them, the upgrades they made and why they were the right choice. The Soundings staff looked back at this year's Used Boat Reviews from our print edition and came up with six that just might be the right fit for you. Click the photo or headline to read more.

Catalina 320 A stable cruising sloop that balances cost, features and performance, the Catalina 320 sleeps seven and has a spacious cockpit for entertaining.
Price range: $60,000 to $67,000

Wilbur 34 Downeaster This handsome Maine-built cruiser has accommodations for a couple, including a forward V-berth, enclosed head compartment, and compact galley.
Price range: $200,000 to 215,000

Tartan 34 The Tartan 34 is a pioneering fiberglass cruising sailboat with room for up to six and featuring a "master suite" forward with adjacent head.
Price range: $20,000 to $30,000-plus

Lord Nelson Victory Tug 37 Sometimes mistaken for a "cute little tugboat," this displacement cruising tug has proven seaworthy, stable and comfortable.
Price range: $150,000 to $200,000

Nordic Tug 37 The semidisplacement Nordic Tug 37 is comfortable, roomy enough for two couples, and capable of staying out for extended periods of time.
Price range: $320,000 to $468,000

Grand Banks 42 The Grand Banks 42 is one of the most successful designs ever - a trawler on which a lifetime cruising sailor can feel at home.
Price range: $165,000 to $500,000