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Re: Sailboat Identification Help

Doug,
How long will you be in Okinawa? What's the boat market like there? $8,000 isn't a HUGE chunk of change, but that's like buying a car. If the market there is as soft as it is here (global recession, so it's a possibility), if/when you're moved, you're going to have a hard time selling the boat. Are you willing to have to walk away from the $12-15K you're looking at actually spending on her (all boats need work, and you'll want to customize her to your style, hence the added costs)?

Personally, if I were in your shoes, I'd look into renting boats, or finding another servicemember who has a boat and going for rides (or serving as crew) with him/her. Sharpen your skills that way, then buy a boat when you get back to the States, assuming you'll be settling here, and not in Japan. If you want to make Japan, and especially Okinawa, your permanent residence, then you can ignore my comments...
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