Originally Posted by Light
Anyway... I would suggest anyone thinking about a boat to live aboard and for extended sailing, or crusing, check out a CAL 46. There are a couple for sale on the West Coast... one of them is AWESOME... but needs electronics... she has been redone to near perfection... she's in the San Fran area..
Given most new old boat owners spend a year or three "renovating", the absence of electronics is actually a good thing. We bought an '88 boat with functional antique electronics (except for a Raymarine 420 chartplotter from '99 or so...adequate for now) and the LAST thing we will buy before we go cruising in '09 are things like radar, autopilot, solar panels, SSB, new chartplotter and depthfinder. All that stuff changes rapidly, as does the ease with which it integrates with laptops and networks aboard. And the prices tend downward. I noticed this with the ICOM M802 in a couple of recent eBay auctions: I could buy new locally within $50 of used on eBay. Stupid, but it shows that the patient can save.
Stuff that changes less frequently (pumps, inverter chargers, alternators, switches, antenna tuners, metering) can be purchased "opportunistically". I just ordered a feathering prop due to a fat discount offered at a boat show...but I won't actually install it until next fall.
Hell, the LED nav lights I pooh-poohed last year have dropped 30% and might yet drop to the point where it's worth going up the mast!