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Go with the smallest boat you can get away with and save at least 20% of the budget for upgrades, modifications and repairs to the boat. I'd also recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether a boat is worth getting survey on.
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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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