Too soon to move up? - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 06-23-2002 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Too soon to move up?

I bought a new Catalina 250 WB with trailer in November ''01. I was more interested in a fixed keel, but I couldn''t pass up the deal, and I thought I would be trailering. I haven''t used the trailer, yet, and do not intend to unless I have to move across country.

I have decided I want a bigger boat. I have very easy access to the Atlantic and would like go offshore, but the 250 isn''t designed for that.

Is it too soon to buy another boat? For the money I spent, I could''ve easily afforded a used 28-30 footer.

Thanks for any advice.
weenybean is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 06-23-2002
Jeff_H's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 7,422
Thanks: 11
Thanked 235 Times in 186 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Too soon to move up?

Its probably too late to cry over spilled milk. Generally, buying a brand new boat is not the best economic decision. This is especially true of the more common mass production boats. You can expect to take a 10% to 20% hit on your initial investment (also less brokerage fees if you sell through a broker). The good news is that unless you plan to hold onto the boat for a long time, you will facing the virtually same depreciation. In other words if you hold onto the boat for a while longer or sell it today, your loss will probably be pretty close to the same.

It is not unusual for people to buy smaller boats for thier first boat as a way to learn to sail and develop a sense of what they are looking for in a boat. It is fairly common to sell this first boat after a couple seasons and move up. That is why I generally suggest always buy a used boat for your first boat because that boat almost always will be sold again pretty quickly.

I have no idea what your level of experience or whether you have owned other boats, but if you haven''t I suggest that you keep the Catalina for a little while to develop your sailing skills and then take your time figuring out what kind of boat truely suits your needs.

Even if you are an experienced sailor, I would suggest that you try to get aboard a number of boats to help refine your sense of what appeals to you and what doesn''t. You''ve already acted in haste and repented at leisure once. Take your time, so that you don''t make the same mistake again.


Jeff_H is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 07-18-2002
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Too soon to move up?

Dear Weenybean,

Life is short!

alohakate1 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Windward performance deseely General Discussion (sailing related) 21 04-01-2012 02:42 PM
boat purchase, taxes, residence -- help for NW sailer? winslow59 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 15 01-14-2007 10:20 PM
Boat Move in New England owlmtn General Discussion (sailing related) 2 11-04-2004 09:08 AM
Water Pump shaft on the move... ikent Gear & Maintenance 0 10-07-2003 04:20 PM
Time to move on jbarros General Discussion (sailing related) 3 08-27-2003 10:11 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome