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I agree with Jody plus.....

There are two adventures that come with putting well oiled teak under your feet and the wind at your back - the adventure of cruising the beauty of the San Juans and other coastal delights and the adventure of 'elbow grease' and working on your vessel. If you are not one of the economically fortunate sailors that can afford a new boat and can afford to pay for the maintenance of the boat, which results in missing half of the sailing adventure, you need to make sure you are handy with tools and knowledge if you are going to be a boat owner. In looking at a used vessel, here are some pointers, check to see if there are any bubbles or small bumps in the gel coat of the hull. Everything can be fixed, but this could indicate a $3-5,000 repair on the boats you are looking at. Also, look for cracks or crazing (hair line cracks) around the fittings that attach to the deck. Another indicator of potential repair work. The suggestion, already made, of getting a Surveyor to look at the boat is a good one. Make sure the surveyor has experience with sailboats. You might also check with the USCG Marine Safety office in your area and ask one of the commercial vessel inspectors about the reputation of the surveyor you have identified.

Sailing is one sport that stays fresh and new over the years and can be enjoyed at any age, so welcome to a life long adventure.

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