Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: MS Gulf Coast
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And I don't particularly disagree with you. It's always nice to have extra elbow room. I also don't particularly feel like one needs to start small. While it can help in extracting the Nth degree of performance out of larger rig, it's not a big issue for pleasure cruising. My angle on the start smaller deal was looking at money. Buy as much as you can afford, but look at what else will need to be spent immediately after the purchase. And it's true you'll have offers for the boat you're on til you try to sell it, then they all disappear, you'll still have that boat to continue sailing and getting it out there for others to see til you do get a buyer....if you feel the need to get something bigger. I'm just looking at, from the way it sounds, having a smaller boat that's pretty much ready to go, or a larger boat that is significantly more expensive, and will require even more $$$ before it can really get out there. That can be quite a lump to swallow with that much cash involved. How many times has the dream turned bitter by a too-optimistic buy that turned into a yard-queen, only to be sold off later by a disgusted owner, usually at a significant loss?
As mentioned, a survey is a very good idea. Don't be intimidated. Get all the info you can. Take time. Don't feel pressured. There's lots of boats out there. For every so-called deal today, there's dozens more tomorrow.