First sailboat for the West Coast of B.C. Vancouver, Canada.
I'm looking to buy my first sailboat for the West Coast of B.C. Vancouver, Canada.
My budget is $6,000 canadian.
Preference's are a small cruiser sailboat that I can learn to sail on , ( after I have taken some professional lessons ) and easy to sail singlehanded and spend a few weeks cruising on. Most of my sailing will have to be done solo, in the winter months, Oct till May as I plan to do summer seasonal work next year June till Sept. My sailing will be around Vancouver, south coast Vancouver Island and Desolation Sound area.
After doing lots of research. I came up with 2 small cruisers that seem to match my budget and preference's and style that I wanted, a mid 1970's Mirage 24 or a mid 1980's O'Day 222.
I'm leaning heavily towards the O'Day 222 here's few reasons why I like it.
Newer sailboat, more modern design then the Mirage 24, inside and out.
Spare parts seem to be readily available on the Internet ( not so with Mirage 24 )
The O'Day 222 is a swing keel and draft down to 1.8 feet.
( this will be ideal for getting into shallow inlets and sheltered bays in Desolation Sound , where other sailboats can't go )
NOW I ALSO REALIZE THAT SAFETY MEASURES AND WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO BE MAJOR FACTORS ON SAILING BOTH OF THESE SAILBOATS ON THE WEST COAST, but as I am completely new to sailing and never bought a boat before, I was hoping I could get some advice from the forum and I do have a couple of questions.
1. Will the O'Day 222 be OK for these coastal waters ?
2 Is it even remotely possible to buy a O'Day 222 on the West Coast of Canada. ? ( most of these boats seem to be for sale on the East Coast or Mid West USA, even the Mirage )
Any futher information I could get would be very helpful. Thanks Keith.