yes, just because my budget is 100k, doesn't mean I have to spend it.
it's all relative I guess. 100k isn't obscene to me for a daysailer/weekender (my use)
$750,000 for a Hinkley is. I guess its all relative. besides, I have the income and savings.
35, single, no kids, 6 figure job..... now if i could find me a mate I'd be happy.
to further my discussion, i'm drawn to the romantic idea of buying an older boat, putting some elbow grease into her, and then getting her into the water. The truth is, I have no tools, no room, and no knowledge on how to fix up a boat. I would drop it off at a yard, say to the guy get it turn-key and showroom shiny and ready for the water. here is a check, I'll see you in a couple weeks. (or something like that)
Learning to do much of the maintenance/repair work on a boat is not difficult. Most boat work requires 5% esoteric knowledge and 95% common sense. You can often learn the 5% from books, videos, sailing forums, etc. The 95% common sense is usually the tougher part to gain.
This is what makes me believe I should buy something new.
my sailing up till now is on small slooops. american 18's, 14's, j24, hobie cats, etc....
I'm going to take some sailing courses through the colgate school this summer in the BVI (that is my plan).
As for taking courses at the Colgate school in the BVI's, I'd recommend you join a local sailing club and take lessons there instead, unless you want to combine the learning with a vacation. Taking lessons at a local school often means you can sail on their boats for a while. This helps you get more practice and often gives you experience on different boats as well.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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