Join Date: Jul 2008
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Picked up my first boat
An '82 Balboa 24. I just brought it home today from a nearby town. I hemmed and hawed about it for a couple of weeks and it's just too good a deal to pass up. Not much of a looker, but solid and well used. Tandem axel trailer, 15HP Honda, roller furling jib, tiller pilot, gps plotter/sounder, etc. It's not pretty but it has everything I need and would have wanted to add on later.
I really don't plan to trailer her often, but I do need a better tow vehicle. I hauled her home with my 1.3L 4 cyl. std. trans. Mazda PU. The "truck" part handled towing just fine, but the 4banger can barely pull the boat and trailer on level road and there is little level road between us and the sea.
This is our first boat, my wife and I, and we're both in our 50's. We were leaning toward something a little smaller and easier to learn on, but this will last us longer because we can really cruise with her as her previous owner did.