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Newbie needs boat buying advice
My name is Beth. I know absolutely nothing about sailboats. I had a sailing class in college about 14 years ago but don't really remember much about it. But I scuba dive, kayak, and love the ocean. I'd like to try my hand at learning to sail and see where it takes me.
There is a Cal 21 for sale locally that I'm interested in. The asking price is $1200. Here's what the ad says:
"This is a great solid boat. Needs nothing to sail today. Trailer is good with new tires. boat has stereo w/ speakers, new wiring & fuse panel. sleeps 4, and has a portable head along with stainless solar fan."
I think this sounds very promising as a good starter boat...the price is definitely right. But I don't want to waste my money or get in over my head...what do I need to know about this boat? Is it a good starter boat? Are there any problems I need to be on the lookout for? Can you find parts for it? What type of maintenance should I expect to do to it? Where the heck am I going to store it? Can one person sail it easily? I'm planning on sailing on an inland lake, but could I take it on the ocean (bays?) if I wanted?
Feel free to explain things as if I am a six year old. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!