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post #116 of Old 09-04-2011
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Read a lot of books by the folks that have sailed around the world... Pardey's, Hiscocks, etc. If you are doing the ICW, you need a boat with a mast less than 50 feet, a draft of less than 5 feet and a beam of less than 10 feet. You will also need to consider the maintinence, docking, repair and upkeep costs. So buy a boat around $30-40 K that is in great shape, has new sails and new motor, lots of new electronics and put the rest of the money in a market fund to fund your cruising life style. (Bigger is NOT better, more expensive is NOT better, shinney and lots of 'comfort' is NOT a better boat).
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