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Re: Buying an old boat for daysailing
I'm guessing by your question that you have no experience in owning a sailboat. Here are my three cardinal rules for newby sailboat buyers:
1) Purchase and read at least one of the how-to-do-your-own-sailboat-survey books. Put what you've learned from the books into action before you make a purchase offer.
2) Have the owner or broker take you out sailing on the boat under consideration, before you make a purchase offer. If he refuses, for any reason, move on. There are plenty of sailable boats that are for sale.
3) Be prepared to lose 100% of your purchase price and subsequent expenditures if you skip #1 or #2.
Since you are looking at a fairly heavy 25', consider that you will also want an engine (outboard motor). Other expenses that will dig deeply into a limited budget: mooring/docking fees, safety equipment, taxes and licenses, rigging repairs/maintenance, plus all the expenses pointed out in the previous responses.
Last edited by jwing; 1 Week Ago at 12:32 PM.