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Minnesota boat shopping
Okay, so I've been shopping for my first boat and found a few potentials which the sailnet community had given me good feedback on, but now these boats are gone. Most importantly though, I've come to my senses with what my budget really is, and now I need some help finding a boat that I can get going with right away in the spring. Problem is, I'm not seeing much sale activity here in the Twin Cities. Plenty of larger boats, but not many dinghies or something under 19 feet.
Here is what I'm after:
- I took an ASA 101 class at the end of last summer, I just want a boat I can get started in and get some time on the water, I would love to take more ASA classes, but feel like I should get the basics down before moving on
-I'm pretty handy and can definitely spruce up a fixer upper, BUT, I want to get as much time on the water as possible this summer so I don't want something that isn't functional right out of the gate
- Ongoing expenses aren't too much of a concern, just trying to balance the one time expense
- I've decided $2000 is the upper limit, is this realistic?
- I would prefer a boat design that isn't going to get me soaked (water is cold up here in both spring and fall), so I'm not sure a sunfish or other 'wet' dinghies fit the bill
- I have a full size truck for a tow vehicle, boat on a trailer that can travel reliably is required
I'm asking for help in finding a boat, or telling me I'm crazy. Whichever descprition fits the bill. Some have suggested joining a club, but local sailing organizations seem to have a membership base a bit on the older side, (I'm only 26) or they are focused on racing, which right now, I have zero interest in.
So if you got any leads on a boat in MN, WI, ND, IA let me know. Otherwise, if you think $2k isn't realistic, I'm fine with that too. Just seems odd that I can find hundreds of powerboats for sale in that price range that really aren't too bad, but when it comes to sailboats, even small ones are commanding big money.