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Old 02-03-2013
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Re: Tic box for buying a boat

Some thoughts:
1. Get a copy of Don Casey's "This Old Boat" The first couple of chapters will help you immensely, by showing you how to organize your boat search.
2.There is no perfect boat. There may not even be the "right' boat. But, there are lots of boats right now. Go small, go cheap go now, and you can always upgrade later once you have figured out what works for you.
3. Sit down with anyone else involved in this decision and make a list of the features and gear that is important to both of you. Then figure out your HARD (total first season cost) boat buying budget. Sit down with your computer, open yachtworld go to advanced search and plug in a price that is 80% of your budget. See if you can find a boat that fits your needs, wants AND your budget. if not, something has to change- your wants, your needs, or your budget.
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