Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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You don't know what you don't know
Considering that this will be your first boat, at this point, you don't know what you don't know. What I mean by that is you really don't know what you are looking for and / or want in a sailboat. I also am willing to be that the first boat you buy won't be the boat you take on a long trip (assuming you really do make such a trip).
I would suggest getting something in the 27-30' range, with the basic gear for a boat, and going sailing as much as you like. There are a lot of benefits to boats that size. They are way more affordable than larger (34+) boats, are more seaworthy than smaller boats (25 and under), and you can still dock one without too much heartache.
i would insist on a boat that was ready to sail today (with some minor maintenance like bottom paint, good cleaning, engine tune up, etc.).
If you plan on doing some simple cruising, say weekends or longer, I would look for a boat with standing headroom, pressure hot and cold water, good sized ice box or refrigeration, usable galley, good sized head, and a decent bunk. I would also want a boat with roller furling headsail, autopilot, and, of course, in decent condition.
Once you have a boat and start using it, you will learn more about is important to you and what you can live without. Some people need a nice onboard shower. Others don't need refrigeration. It's really up to you, but you won't know until you try.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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