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Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Sorry for the need to elaborate. if I don't, readers may not know where to start.

Decided that I need to spend a few years studying and sailing before heading for deep blue water on a liveaboard. Having been a cabinetmaker, I am not afraid of working on an older boat. Since I like to do good and sturdy work, figuring that I should pour my labor and funds into a boat that doesn't top out at ~$3000-$5000 resale value.

Size range: ~25-30' on a trailer
Year range: ~1968-1983
Class: coastal cruiser
Time to obtain: 1-4 months
Method to obtain: Partial to auctions, some things slip through the cracks
Why invest in a "light" fixer/upper?: I want "good bones" but I also want to be able to fix many, maybe even most, problems at sea.
Long term goal: ~45' blue water liveaboard...sail around the world.
Why not crew somewhere? Can't leave home for more than a week at a time.
Priorities: Ease of Use, Sturdiness. Headroom, I am 6'4".
Why do I keep seeing this guy everywhere? Sorry, I do most everything at 100 mph.
Tow truck: 3/4 ton Dodge with 488 gas or 1 1/2 ton GMC box truck with 454. Dodge is probably the better tow vehicle.
Present location: San Luis Valley, southern Colorado close to Hwy 160.
Destination: Sea of Cortez aka Gulf of California
Budget: Several modest real estate lots up for sale so.....that depends. Sold two in January, spent by February.
Fiberglass experience: built some enticing mannequins
Wood experience: even have a 5hp drum sander
Heavy equipment: old forklift that likes to get stuck in the sand
Room: Five fenced country acres
Boating experience: Plenty of outboard, had a sailfish sailboat as a kid. Almost steered a schooner into an unseen sandbar in between islands.
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

What has learning to sail got to do with woodwork on a boat?

You said you 'do everything at 100 miles per hour'
I would suggest you STOP and think about things.

What are you trying to do? Learn to sail? Answer: go do sailing lessons.
Rationale: you learn to sail without buying a boat.


How to do it affordable? Is FREE ok? Answer: Join a sailing club.


Your current method: I want to invite someone for coffee therefor I should buy an axe to cut a tree to make a coffee table.


My method will work better

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"even have a 5hp drum sander" Yea but do you have a 16 inch Walker Turner band saw?

Keep your eye on charitable auctions such Charity Boat Auction - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
I do believe your boat will be waiting at one of these type sales.
6 foot 4? Might want to limit searches to pop tops. A friend had a 26 foot Chrysler (I think, been many beers ago) that had a pop top which might provide you the head room. And it had a trailer.
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Look at Cape Dory 25. They are good coastal boats and hold their value really well. Solid construction, good outboard placement (well in the lazarette).
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Here is one from eBay in Michigan: http://http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sailb...FYxrFs&vxp=mtr
As to your height and headroom: If you want to stretch out, go in the cockpit.

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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Sorry....knew I would omit a couple items. Trying to limit the location to ~900 miles from Colorado, likely west of the Mississippi River.

Going from "saltiness", some members are nor'easters.
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Check out this recent thread:

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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

Thanks for the tip and here is one for you kind sir. Having two consecutive http:// disables the link. I've seen a retired electrical engineer do the same thing. We probably all have.

I've had a little neck surgery after losing an interstate battle to an errant Freightliner. 6' is OK but that is a real minimum. Guess many of us have special needs once we are over 40. I am 58.



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Here is one from eBay in Michigan: http://http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sailb...FYxrFs&vxp=mtr
As to your height and headroom: If you want to stretch out, go in the cockpit.
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

My life has seen a lot of storms. The band saw is in a shed up in Denver. Might be a Porter Cable? I'm not a big ban saw user.

Thanks for the tip on the pop tops. Sure is a lot of specialty sailboat lingo.


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"even have a 5hp drum sander" Yea but do you have a 16 inch Walker Turner band saw?

Keep your eye on charitable auctions such Charity Boat Auction - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
I do believe your boat will be waiting at one of these type sales.
6 foot 4? Might want to limit searches to pop tops. A friend had a 26 foot Chrysler (I think, been many beers ago) that had a pop top which might provide you the head room. And it had a trailer.
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Re: Vintage sailboats that are not bad investments?

14 pages! Thanks! Do I get a certificate after reading ..... 14 pages. Cripes....I need a bigger hard drive in my head.


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