Join Date: Feb 2007
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Well, every boat is a compromise. Find something you really like and then make it your own. My sailboat wasn't even on my list and I looked for a couple of years. Less than 20 seconds on her I knew she was it. She had the most of what I was looking for of all the boats I'd looked at.
I've had her two years now. I spent a great deal of time fixing and adding that first year and a half. This summer while sitting in the cockpit, a soft glow from my lantern dancing about and a glass of wine in hand...I realized she'd become mine.
If the draft is ok for your area then the rest of your "I wants" you can do, if you're willing and your money tree works. Be sure to get a survey. Ask around, when you get the same name over and over, you'll know who to hire.