Re: What do you wish you had known before buying your first boat?
Don't get discouraged when you first start looking at older and cheaper boats. Not all of them are junk (but many are).
To get started I suggest going to lots of brokerages, speaking to brokers, and looking at lots of boats. Don't be surprised that most brokers won't do anything for you. You should try to get onto as many boats as you can. Most are comparable (O'day, Catalina, Newport, Hunter, Beneteau, Irwin, C&C, Tartan, etc etc etc) but do have differences that you need to be on-board to see and appreciate.
Don't get hung up on one particular make / model of boats. Many different boats would meed your needs. Your goal should be to find the one in the best condition you can afford.
No boat is going to be perfect. Find the one that is as close as possible.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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