I bought a beat-up little 1979 Ocean Yachts Islands 17 with even more beat-up trailer a few months back via Craig's list and have been working on the trailer and boat off and on since then. So technically that's my first boat, but I have been wanting a full-sized boat for cruising the Chesapeake Bay.
So - I found a good-looking candidate via Craig's list a couple weeks ago. Called the seller; he said go ahead and take a look at it; it's open; feel free to crawl all over it. Wifey and I went up there, did so, liked what I saw.
More calls back and forth with seller; arranged the survey and had it done last week, at which point I finally met the seller (very nice guy). Surveyor says "good" overall; identifies a few minor things I can resolve without too much drama (famous last words, I know).
Yesterday, called the seller, made the offer; he accepted.
Should have title in hand within a week or so.
She is a 1968 Pearson Wanderer 30 and seems pretty much perfect for cruising and gunkholing Chesapeake Bay and its environs.
This is one of the seller's pics:
It is indeed in pretty good condition overall - it's in my price range due to its age and the few minor repairs it needs - none of which are serious issues at all. Mechanically and structurally, it's quite solid.
Wifey and I drove all over Virginia's Middle Peninsula on Saturday to locate a marina - you can't throw a stick in Deltaville without it landing in a marina. But instead of Deltaville, we found a very small, very low-key, very private little place out of the way, south of the Piankatank, well located within just a few minutes of Hills Bay, Gwynn Island and the Chesapeake proper.
Best things about the little marina are (1) the slip is killer - a nice, big, pull-through, with no other boats in front or behind. So no backing in, and in fact, I can pull straight through if I want to and (2) the slip is by far the cheapest of all the marinas we looked at.
The marina doesn't offer much in the way of services and amenities, but as far as I'm concerned, the marina is just the place I keep my boat - I don't need a country club, like some of them are. When I make the trip to my boat, my goal is to cast off the lines and GO, not sit around the marina.
Anyhow, I'm pretty psyched and can't wait to pick up my new toy and take her out in the Bay and get the sails up!