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What is your budget??? What kind of sailing experience do you have? Why are you looking at 35' boats??
BTW, crossing the Gulf of Mexico can be a pretty tough thing—just because it is only a gulf, you don't want to underestimate how dangerous it can be.
As for boats... it really depends on what your budget it... in any case, I'd recommend reserving about 15-20% of whatever your total purchase budget is for repairs, upgrades and refitting whatever boat you get. Boats, unlike cars, don't come ready to go in many cases... they often need changes made to them for them to work for the way you'll be using the boat.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 09-02-2007 at 11:28 PM.