Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: western Penna.
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Best boat for the budget?
Several thoughts. First, the budget. I too
wanted to spend about 30k..but the more I
looked the more it made sense to consider the
modest increase in loan payments allowed for
a much more comfortable negotiating range and
wider selection of boats. Jeff H. usually
has a really good feel for matching boats and
needs and he often posts here.
Since the first boat is usually a prelude to
the second boat, consider resale value and
market demand. The older Pearsons and Tartans seem to hold value, particularly in
the northeast, and are forgiving.
Make a more complete list of the need-to and
nice-to-haves. Realize that no matter what
boat you select, you''ll be doing upgrades.
Then there is the purchase/commissioning situation. I thought I estimated everything.
Still, it came to several thousand over my
projections. Little things like new bottom
paint, engine fluid changes, new lines, new
batteries, etc., etc., not to mention the
cost of a slip, if you can find one where you
want to be located. If you are buying a
30k boat, plan on having at least 10-12k
cash available for closing and commissioning.
A final note...often, not all family members
are as fond of sailing as you might be. My
x-wife started out liking the first boat but
soon drifted from the concept...too small,
too much "roughing it", not sea-kindly, etc.
The teenagers liked it at first but they too
drifted away...typical of that stage of life.
Make sure you can single-hand the boat. It
makes the cost-per-use more acceptable.