Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Pasadena MD
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Re: Looking for sailboat
C'mon chuck, give the guy some support.
jkisacki, I do agree that it would help to know what area and waters you are in. If you want a boat you'll have one! No one will prevent you from having a boat but yourself. Now, $2400 budget? YES! $2400 boats can be found all day! You'll have to work to find one thats not total junk, then chances are you'll have to work on what you found. This boat probably will be smaller than what you envision and won't be the bell of the ball but you'll find one that will dance (She may have a slight limp at first). Now what do you want to weekend on? My Wife and I bought a 1993 Macgregor 26S (Swing keel) it's a little tight but it does the job, we are however planning on moving up soon but will miss alot of things about a smaller boat (Except scooting around like an astronaught). This boat was a little out of your price range at around $7,000 but it looked new and was hardly used (Even it spent a month of me working on it to satify me...But could have sailed right away). Before we bought this one we looked at many that were older and needed varying degrees of work, many right in your price range! If you have a place to store it in the Winter I'd surely recomend a trailerable boat, you're 20, things pop up at that age, you might have to attend to something else for a while and it is much easier to keep a boat on a trailer for extended periods of non use and also, if your working on it you can have it right by the house. I'd seriously check out the trailerable sailboat forums if I were you. Also you'll hear a lot of bad about Magregors, it's total BS. Most of these people have never been on one but can tell you volumes of whats wrong with them, it's like a power boater telling you how bad sailboats are, they never been on one but they don't like them anyway. Well we have had one since 2009 and it has served us very well. we have sailed out a few times into the Chesapeake when the waves are just starting to white cap while boats much bigger than us are heading in close to shore. So check out those older trailer sailors! Look at it this way, while you work on it and sail it you'll be exposed to more sailboats and get a better idea of what you want, but instead of finding that out while being boatless you'll be sailing! Another thing you'll want to make those little mistakes that yoou WILL make in an older cheaper boat that already has a scratch or 2, then you'll be a much better sailor when you move up!
Again it might be beer cans and sleeping bags stuffed in a litthe cabin to start with but you may very well end up with state rooms and champagne. Now...GET TO IT!!!!
2000 Catalina 320
1993 Macgregor 26S
1981 Hobie H16
19?? Sol Cat
Many, many power boats
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