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Even a cheap boat needs to be surveyed if you plan on getting insurence for it. I will not let anyone without insurance rent a slip in my marina.

One more thing to do is get rides on as many types of boats as you can. See which features you want, which ones you can live without, which boats feel good to you, do you prefer a tiller or a wheel, etc. If you are not in a rush, this will help you make a better decision.
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Even a cheap boat needs to be surveyed if you plan on getting insurence for it. I will not let anyone without insurance rent a slip in my marina.

One more thing to do is get rides on as many types of boats as you can. See which features you want, which ones you can live without, which boats feel good to you, do you prefer a tiller or a wheel, etc. If you are not in a rush, this will help you make a better decision.
Many insurance companies don't require a survey on boats 26' and smaller.
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Many insurance companies don't require a survey on boats 26' and smaller.
At 27' there was a survey.

Really, $500 for a survey on a first-boat - and most of us are not experienced at that time - is probably a very good use of money. I did not have my first 2 boats surveyed, but I am an engineer and gave them a very good investigation. On my 3rd boat, with 25 years of experience under my belt, I paid for the inspection.

Insurance is an act of social responsibility. Get a high deductible, but get it.

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I,m surprised no one actually addressed what kind of boat you should get. I'm Assuming your intelligent enough to buy something you feel you can repair and or restore but want advice on which boat would be right for your needs.

What kind of sailing are you planning to do? In my case everyone said "first boat should be smaller" I did get a hunter 23 which was a great LITTLE boat. I sold it in less then a year! I realized real quick a want a boat with the size and appointments needed to stay onboard. The Oday 30 I have now is great! but I've already got 5ft itist! My suggestion? get a boat 5-10ft bigger then you think you want!

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Another suggestion, check out some more ads besides Craigslist. You can compare similar boats around the country to what you have found there.

The other sites will also have more information than what is found on Craigslist.

Try here on Sailnet, Sailing Texas etc.
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