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Right boat for?
I currently live in Portland,Oregon I trying to find a boat that will fulfill all my needs. I don't currently know how to sail I have been out sailing before maybe 5 or 6 times.
1) I would like a boat that is between 5,000 to 8,000 dollars.
2) I am going to be living on it so I can fix it up I be able to spend 500 a month on repairs and refits for 18 months. I have read a lot of the threads on the forms here and a lot of people say save the money and buy a better boat, I would rather spend 8,000 and fix a boat and during the time I learn how to sail for 18 months then buying a boat that is 16,000 and have no experience.
3)Due to transporting costs of shipping bigger boats should I look nationally for a boat that is a trailer able boat? I have a 1 ton pickup truck to haul it. I only need it hauled to the marina, are there trailers you can rent for such a thing?Or should I wait for a boat that is a good deal in my area?
4)I would like a boat that can go down to the Panama canal and into the Caribbean where I can island hope. I don't care if it is an offshore vessel or a coastal as long as I can get down there.
5) I don't mind living in small spaces. I lived in South America in a 6x8 room with a bathroom so size of living space doesn't matter to me. But I am 6 foot tho the room did have a 8ft ceiling.
6) The boats I have found so far in my price range is..Grampian 26,Pearson 26,Catlaina 25, Bristol 27,Quickstep 24,Cape Dory 25
Thanks again for your input,