Join Date: Aug 2003
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Re: First Boat... long term goals
I think a better plan would be to buy a small cheap boat now. Sail it, learn about sailing, maintenance, etc. Then, in a few years, if you still feel the need to cross oceans, you can sell the cheap boat and buy the right boat.
I would suggest something around 27'. Buy one with most of the features of 'big boats' like inboard diesel engine, wheel steering, AC/DC electrical system, hot and cold pressure water, marine head with holding tank, galley with ice box and stove / oven. This way you will get the feel for how those things work, the required maintenance for them, how to use them, etc.
Don't get too hung up on makes and models. Most fiberglass boats from the 70s-90's are more or less the same. Buy a sloop, those are the most common and easy to sail. It doesn't really matter if it's a Catalina, Hunter, O'day C&C, Tartan, Sabre, S2, Pearson, etc. Find one in your area for the right price and in decent condition. Expect to pay $15-$20K for a nice boat or $10-15K for a not as nice boat. Then go sailing and learn and have fun.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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