Originally Posted by dmcMaine
As someone who is shopping right now myself, I'd agree with a waste of capital. What you're most likely to do is buy up a bunch of stuff you won't need, and then have a list of other stuff the boat you eventually buy does need.
I like the suggestions to buy books instead. Seamanship, factual accounts, and even fiction.
Is storing the boat in your garage an actual requirement? Or would on the driveway/next to the garage work just as well? It affects what you end up with.
I'd also recommend this book: Amazon.com: The Complete Trailer Sailor: How to Buy, Equip, and Handle Small Cruising Sailboats (9780071472586): Brian Gilbert: Books
The best thing I can say is don't be in a hurry, or try to force anything. The right boat will turn up. Hehe...the first lesson of sailing, take what nature gives you.
Going to order a few books this evening and that will be one. Thanks. As for the garage thing it is pretty much a must. Neighborhood rules and the incline of my driveway prevent other possibilities. I figure what I can afford this go around will need work also. Unless I find a reasonable dry storage marina with a boat that needs little work then garage it must be.