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You're talking about learning to drive on roughly the equivalent of an F250, and there is going to be a big learning curve there.
Don’t forget that lots of us of a certain age learned to drive on large, heavy rear wheel drive cars with no power steering, no power brakes and a manual column shifter! All in all much harder to drive than today’s F series truck! I say that from having owned a 1960 Impala as described and a 2002 F-350 with a 7.3 diesel.

To the OP, a 30 foot boat is not BIG. My first boat was 30’ and a year later I was in a 42 with hank-on sails. My first sail on the 42 was when I delivered it 125 miles from Boothbay, ME to Winthrop, MA with some non sailing friends as crew.

None of this is rocket science and with the information available today you should be fine.
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I am looking into buying a sailboat, it would be my first one.
I am looking at buy a 1974 Tartan 30 30' that is in very good condition and has been taken care of and is listed for $9800, should I do it?. Any feedback or ideas?
You might want to wait. At the rate boat values are still dropping, that boat may be listed for half that price next Spring...
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I am going to wait until next spring.. I never buy anything 'in season' or right before the season starts thats when prices of anything are at point..

Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
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I am going to wait until next spring.. I never buy anything 'in season' or right before the season starts thats when prices of anything are at point..

Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
“Seasons” vary up and down the coast. The summer is the slow season in FL while the busiest further north. Vice versa in the winter.

Old 70’s boats are not going to depreciate much more unless they need a lot of work in which case they are not a deal anyway.
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it seems to me depending on where you are waiting for spring would be waiting just long enough for the prices to come back up for the start of the season. around here in the PNW I think the best time is fall when people dont want to pay for storage on the off season.
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Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
Did you tell us where you are located?

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I am right outside of Detroit, mi. About 30 mins north
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OK, so offering you a ride on my boat won't do you much good.

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