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I am trying to absorb a lot of the good advice I have run into here, right now through spring is homework time, much to do, including working on the sale appeal aspects of my place here, I am in a strong buyers market where I am.
One thing I havenot had much input on is bank financing for boats. My present credit union does loans on boats but as they do cars, five years is it. So I am going to have to find a bank that knows what sailboats are.
I wrote a post a week ago on this but it never appeared, taboo subject ? I havent seen any threads on it.
As John says, we can spend too much time researching when we need to have an action plan to do it. Mine is to get this place sold and then get out and look at boats while getting in some sailing time, I am planning on both ,some courses to get regrounded mixed in with sailing with several friends on their boats.
I had begun looking at boats from 35' to 41', still have two 40s on the list but most are 37-39'. Along the way ahve dropped those bookmarked with small tankage, shalow draft and what I thought as minimal displacement. I have also gotten picky on a couple interior items like galley layout and adequate nav centers. Several with extra settees I decided could have book shelves and stowage in place of some of those settees/berths.One with two quarter berths aft looks like those berths could hold auxillary fuel tanks.
One thing I canNOT find is sizes of rigging material on any of them. I have several sources for SS cable/rope, and fittings, I have priced out this compared to several yacht catalogs and the yacht catalongs I think, are aimed at the dockaminiums checkbooks. A little time spent on the Thomas Register can payback big time on much of these.
Also, I have a local Amish metal fabricating shop which has the best prices on custom metal items I have seen anywhere, give him an object and they will duplicate it far more reasonably. Good folks, his Dad owns the biggest local feed store. If interested its Miller Machine Company, Kittle Rd, Mio, Michigan. No email, you'll have to write them, or call, 989 826 2181. You can get the stuff made there and then send somewhere for coating.
I am beginning to downsize my things, major book sorting through, put some on permanent loan, a few to a library, some to give away, and more sailing related to get.
Most of these boats have very little in the way of tool storage. I cant see going offshore with just a roll of duct tape. Yet that seems to be what a lot of designers think is adequate. My major critique of the production boats is they seem to stress dockside living to the expense of practical sailing offshore.