Over the last year and a half, I have put in some time on the water, including take ASA classes 101, 103, and 104 (105/6 scheduled for next month - weather permiting). I have capt'd and crewed several different types of boats in my breif career, but need some help in narrowing down my search. Was hoping I could get a few suggestions (and reading the forums I already have a small list) of boats at which to look.
Let's start with a little about me:
+ Early 30's.
+ Lots of time to travel / work on boat.
+ Very Handy (Construction, Mechanical, Electrician)
+ Enjoy Simple, and Practical Things.
+ Decent Shape, Willing to Learn, and Realistic (sometimes)
+ Have significant other (most of the above apply there)
General ideas on the boat I am looking for: (In order of importance)
+ First Boat
+ 26' to 36' (I am not needy and would prefer closer to 28')
+ approximately $15K (I would like closer to 10K, but could go 20K)
+ Might live-aboard for a month or so at a time
+ Sailing SF Bay (Mainly)
+ Sailing to Santa Cruz, CA from SF Bay (Assuming proper skill level)
## These next two are more of a pipe dream, and given the above
## probably not possible, but if I can fit it in the budget...
+ Mexico (Dependent more on skills than boat)
+ Beyond (Dependent more on skills but also boat)
Following is a list of features I would like to see: (IN order of importance)
## As you will see, some of these are very significant other influenced
+ Inboard engine
+ Wheel Steering
+ Marine Head (holding tank, y-valve, etc)
+ Double Aft-Berth
+ Pressurized Water
+ Propane Stove
And finally, a request for some thoughts on the following (given the above).
Keel type? (I have sailed several types and have yet to develop a favorite)
Speed vs. Stability vs. Comfort (interior and cockpit) vs. Ride ? I know they all trade off. If I had to rate in order of what I feel is important given my knowledge and lifestyle I would like a STABLE, SMOOTH RIDE, that has DECENT ROOM, and WILL GET ME THERE. I know that speed can help get you out of trouble, but I am hoping that given my lifestyle that tying up and drinking until the weather clears will be more my game plan...
$$$ vs. Do-It-Yourself (cosmetics, and none-structural stuff) - I don't mind doing the work, but am I niave to assume that I am actaully saving money on stuff like re-doing my own cushions, electrical stuff, brightwork, etc.
Hardiness vs. Size vs. Cost - I think I would prefer a better constructed small boat, than a larger paper boat.
So, if you could please take some time to let me know if I am on the right track or not, and if you can think of a suitable list of "Hey try these on for size" boats I would appreciate it.
Better yet! If you have anything for sale, know of anything for sale, or would like to take me on a ride of something I should look at, I am sure I could work out a bottle of good wine, some beers, or a nice meal for your effort.