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Finally ready to get my first boat!

A little about me:
Married with one 4 legged child
My wife and I took sailing lessons in Oriental, NC about 4-6 years ago. We were planning on getting our boat sooner, but we decided that her law school dreams would come first. I plan to retake lessons again to refresh my knowledge.

My primary sailing area will be around Charleston, SC. From what I have heard, the draft of the boat is important. I am looking for a comfortable cruiser that would hold an occasional extra few friends. I would prefer not to spend more than 75,000-100,000 and feel that 34-36 feet would be the maximum length I would feel comfortable with starting out.

I have been looking at Beneteaus for a few reasons:
1- There is a good local dealer to help me
2- The boats look good to my eye
3- They seem to be well built

I plan to cruise in the Charleston area, with occasional trips south to Savannah, and possibly north to Myrtle Beach to start off with. Later I would hope to do some longer trips.

Any suggestions on boats or things to look for/avoid would be welcomed. Any locals with knowledge about the marinas would be helpful as well.

Any more info I can give, please ask.

Thanks,

David
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Draft is critical in the Carolina area. I would shoot for no more than 5' draft which should quickly limit your choices. Be careful when looking at specifications because the real draft is guarenteed to be equal or deeper than the listed draft. This is due to cruising weight and the usual overbuilding of manufacturers. Make sure to ask brokers about the actual draft and how sure they are about it. If you purchase a brokerage boat, get your surveyor to measure the draft.
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A little about me:
Married with one 4 legged child
My wife and I took sailing lessons in Oriental, NC about 4-6 years ago. We were planning on getting our boat sooner, but we decided that her law school dreams would come first. I plan to retake lessons again to refresh my knowledge.

My primary sailing area will be around Charleston, SC. From what I have heard, the draft of the boat is important. I am looking for a comfortable cruiser that would hold an occasional extra few friends. I would prefer not to spend more than 75,000-100,000 and feel that 34-36 feet would be the maximum length I would feel comfortable with starting out.
A few extra friends for how long??? One of my friends says the following about their C&C 38: Sails 6, Feeds 4, Sleeps 2... and it isn't too bad a rule of thumb... most boats are find for daysailing with more people than they can feed and can sleep only a couple people really comfortably for any significant period of time.

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I have been looking at Beneteaus for a few reasons:
1- There is a good local dealer to help me
2- The boats look good to my eye
3- They seem to be well built

I plan to cruise in the Charleston area, with occasional trips south to Savannah, and possibly north to Myrtle Beach to start off with. Later I would hope to do some longer trips.

Any suggestions on boats or things to look for/avoid would be welcomed. Any locals with knowledge about the marinas would be helpful as well.

Any more info I can give, please ask.

Thanks,

David
I would highly recommend not limiting your search to just one brand just because they have a dealer nearby. Unless you are buying the boat new, having the dealer nearby isn't going to mean a whole lot. And if you're buying used, you're eliminating a large group of boats that might be perfectly suited to your needs.

Also, if you're buying used, I'd recommend that you reserve 15-20% of your purchase budget for outfitting, upgrading and modifying the boat you do end up buying. I'd also recommend you buy one in the best condition you can, even if it means getting a slightly smaller boat, since the cost of refurbishing or upgrading one to good condition is often far more than buying the same boat in good condition to start with.

I would also recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether the boats you look at are worth going further with.
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I highly recommend the Catalina 34 or 36. Well made and quite a few out on the water. You can find lots of help on the Catalina owners web sites.
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Thanks for all the responces. I did not know that actual draft could be different.
The few friends joining me would just be for daysailing purposes. The only overnight inhabitants would be my wife and dog.
Thank you for the tip regarding reserving part of my budget for modifications. I will also expand my search to include other manufacturers.
I have already read the inspection trip thread. I plan to print it out and have it with me when I get closer to actually purchasing the boat.

Again, thank you for the guidance..I am sure I will need more in the future.

David
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Good thinking so far..

Hi there,

I will only offer advice here based on my own training and experience. I do not endorse brands or products, but I will say this; If I were to buy a mono hull under the same conditions, I would buy a Beneteau for many reasons. First of all is how well constructed they are, they use higher quality parts (such as bronze thru hull fittings), and I find them to be top notch when it comes to safety concerns. Of course, as with anything do your research and learn about every componenet of the vessel before you stretch her sea legs out if you decide to buy one. I have never sailed a Beneteau I didn't like.

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A little about me:
Married with one 4 legged child
My wife and I took sailing lessons in Oriental, NC about 4-6 years ago. We were planning on getting our boat sooner, but we decided that her law school dreams would come first. I plan to retake lessons again to refresh my knowledge.

My primary sailing area will be around Charleston, SC. From what I have heard, the draft of the boat is important. I am looking for a comfortable cruiser that would hold an occasional extra few friends. I would prefer not to spend more than 75,000-100,000 and feel that 34-36 feet would be the maximum length I would feel comfortable with starting out.

I have been looking at Beneteaus for a few reasons:
1- There is a good local dealer to help me
2- The boats look good to my eye
3- They seem to be well built

I plan to cruise in the Charleston area, with occasional trips south to Savannah, and possibly north to Myrtle Beach to start off with. Later I would hope to do some longer trips.

Any suggestions on boats or things to look for/avoid would be welcomed. Any locals with knowledge about the marinas would be helpful as well.

Any more info I can give, please ask.

Thanks,

David
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