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First of all, most boats that are at salvage yards need more work than the yard is going to tell you they do. If they're saying $15-20k... you're probably looking at $40-50k, and for $50-60k, which is what the boat would end up costing you, you could buy a pretty nice 30-35' boat and outfit it quite nicely and go cruising.
Second, a 52' boat is an awfully expensive boat to own and maintain, and probably way too much boat for a sailor of your experience to sail effectively.
Third, I wouldn't bother buying the boat without a through survey, by a very good surveyor—and I wouldn't bother with a survey unless I had gone down to see the boat and saw that it was in relatively good condition.
This is something that takes a bit of knowledge about boats, and experience.
Fourth, dry storage, which is what you'd need to work on the boat would have to be at a boat yard that allows DIY work. Those DIY yards are getting mighty rare. Most DIY yards are geared towards smaller boats, and I doubt that you'll find one that can handle a 52' boat. Most people who own a 52' boat can pay to have the yard do the work on it.
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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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