Hitchin' a ride
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In my mind, I live in Oslo
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Popeye, as a new first boat owner I feel the urge to chime in. We worried about many many things buying our first boat. Draft, beam, rig, transom, on and on. And the good folks here were kind enough to give feedback on all our questions. I have to say now that there are only a few things that seem to matter. Its our first boat, its not perfect and we don't really know enough about sailing and cruising to know exactly what we want. There are so many things we would like to do, places to go, variables to consider in a boat. Its only been a month and I already have a mental list of things I will do different when I buy my next boat. What I am trying to say is, buy a boat that is good for your immediate area. Buy a boat that is comfortable for you, whatever your personal needs are, above and below deck. Obviously, don't buy a piece of junk that needs a ton of work, because even a boat in great condition will need work. Don't get in over your head. We bought a 34 footer, and there is so much to do! Its a lot of boat. Don't buy something big to learn into. 34' scares me a little sometimes. (I just read "a voyage for madmen") At the beginning level you will hardly notice the difference between a deep and shoal draft or a mast with single or double spreaders. I am over simplifying, of course, but I think you get my meaning? And Like hellosailor said, tradeoffs. Never has it been more apparent about tradeoffs in life as in sailing.For example, I thought it was great that my fridge was under the chart table and it freed up space in the galley. Big mistake, now every time I want to get a beer, I have to clear off the chart table to lift the lid. I dismissed somebody's advice on here before. It was to buy something in decent shape and get out there and sail! You can't figure out what you really need on land. Your next boat will be even better! And if you haven't already, watch "captain's courageous", now THATS what sailing is all about!
Last edited by bestfriend; 01-07-2007 at 03:50 AM.