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post #11 of Old 11-20-2011
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Wow Chuck.

Ok. I would say the majority of people on this forum want to be helpful, Chuck included. It is hard, however, to provide requested advice if we don't know the details or the sailing background of the poster. There are too many out there who are new to sailing and have no idea what the first step is and do not know the right questions to ask. So we try to pull the information out of them with our responses (albeit a tad bit more diplomatically). And, this seems to be the month for novice sailors who want to sail off the edge of civilization.

As Chuck said, there are plenty who come here who find a "bargain" 30' boat for $5k and we'd like to be able to warn against said bargains. It's great that you can handle your finances, but you are not the norm, unfortunately. Truly, we aren't trying to be nosy. If you look at similar threads you'll see dollar figures all around. As an example, as an instructor, I come across plenty of people who want to buy the biggest boat they can initially afford without regard to annual maintenance, those nasty surprises, storage, marina fees, etc. and then end up selling the boat because they can't afford it.

Also, knowing if you want to truly go offshore or simply island hop (not considered offshore to the experienced) is also helpful. That will also determine what type of boat you need to do that and will help us throw out examples we feel you should consider. You don't need to spend mega-bucks on an offshore boat when you're never realistically going out of sight of land.

My point is, knowing as many details as possible will help us provide your answers.

Donna



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