Re: Introduction and Question
You would save a lot of money on the cost of your first boat, if you look for a boat in excellent condition that is fully and properly equipped, including a recent motor. 25' is too small to weekend on, you would be better to go to a 27'.
Look at quality boats like Catalina or C&C, plan to spend $8-10 grand, and you are likely to start off on the right foot. Plus you will have a boat worth what you paid for it, and one you can subsequently sell for much the same price if you maintain her well.
Think of the $1000 for the Helms as only a downpayment not the purchase price. After an engine and a few other upgrades, you will quickly have $4-5 grand or more in her, and she'll never be worth more than a few thousand.
Nothing gets more expensive in the boating world than a cheap boat.
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