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post #12 of Old 09-16-2012
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Re: Beginners Question... HELP!!!

Hi Ed here. I agree with those other fellas. Get yourself a day sailor, pocket cruiser, trailor sailor. Craigs list is not so different than any other ad source. You of course need to look over any potential purchase and know what your looking at. Research what a potential vessal will draft and be mindfull of the depths of the waters you will be sailing. Swing keel sailboats dont need a lot. Just make shure all the rigging is there,mast, boom, rudder/tiller, SAILS, anchor. Check for soft spots in the fiberglass. Get in climb around. If you are handy at fixing stuff a boat that requires a little TLC should not be out of the question. If not, finding a boat ready to go will be more costly but an added bonus to that will be a seller that has not neglected there hobby and will be eager to show you that everything is in good order. Either way you cant lose, a well maintained boat holds its value pretty well. So start small and work your way up. Good luck.
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