Originally Posted by T34C
Jim- Please remind me of your boat criteria.
Well, being as it seems to change a bit as we see more boats, learn more, etc., that might be kind of hard
. I'd say we want a racer/cruiser, or performance cruiser, in the 28 - 30 foot range. Something that's suitable for cruising the Great Lakes, yet (relatively) fast around the cans. Tiller steering. Inboard gasoline or diesel engine. Fin keel as opposed to full keel. Prefer roller furling jib, but it's not a show-stopper. Full head. Galley. Preferably either the v-berth or an expandable main berth that'll sleep us together. I'm 6'4".
The main thing is that the hull and deck be solid. Secondly the engine, sails and rigging. (Logic: Engines, sails and rigging are "drop-in" replacements/repairs. Hull and deck damage requires surgery. Don't want to have to do surgery.) Not too worried about electrical. I can do that. Not too worried about instrumentation, for I can do that, too. (Tho I'd prefer to forgo going up the mast for an antenna or having to pull her out of the water to install a through-hull sensor, if possible. At least right off the bat.)
We value quality, so we've been looking at boats from makers that generally have a good reputation for consistently good build quality across the years, such as Sabre, Tartan, Pearson, C&C, Islander, Albin, Cal, J-Boats, S2 and Newport. (I may have missed a couple.)
Other things we find ourselves looking at is general cleanliness and whether it appears the boat has been well-cared-for. What I mean by this is somewhat worn running rigging, due to normal wear and tear, is expected. Teak that hasn't seen a good re-finishing in a while seems pretty common, and, providing it's not unsalvageable, is not a show-stopper. But a dirty, filthy engine area, a bunch of dirty water in the bilge, a generally unkempt appearance and a nasty-smelling cabin tells me the current owners just didn't care about the boat.
go bigger than 30', for the Right Boat. Say, 32 or 33'. Then we'd probably want to go wheel, instead of tiller. A Pearson 10M would be wonderful, but those are relatively uncommon and specimens meeting our other requirements are probably out of our price range.
Our target budget for the purchase is around $15k. It could go higher, for the right boat in the right condition.
Prefer it to have been a fresh-water boat for all or the vast majority of its life.
Right now kind of trying to limit the search to the S.E. Michigan area. (Tho we'd travel further with the proper motivation, I imagine.) Reason being is it's much easier to go see the boat, conduct business, be there for the survey, get it home
We're not in a hurry. Well, okay, kind of
. But we're willing to wait however long we must, take however long it takes, for what we want to appear. (Tho impatience and frustration sometime get the better of me and I'm inclined to whinge about things like finding otherwise perfect boats, but for leaky fittings
I think I got it all