Learning to sail
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Realistic to get my first keelboat for under $10K?
I'm at the point where I think what I really need is just to get a boat and sail it a bunch. However, I have a lot of practical constraints, such as no trailer storage space (apartment), no vehicles capable of towing, etc. This means I need something I can stick in a marina that has access to interesting places to sail to, etc. And of course, the biggest constraint is relatively limited cash. So I think these are my requirements:
1) Able to safely sail in the conditions typical in and around the San Francisco Bay
2) Monohull keelboat of some sort acceptable for a beginner, but with some room to grow
3) Not a project boat: basically seaworthy and ready-to-sail, with rigging and sails that work
4) Reliable motor
5) Basic overnighting capability of some sort for multiple-day trips
My budget is $5-10K, including survey and miscellaneous closing costs, but not including insurance, berthing, etc. Obviously, I'm willing to accept a boat that has cosmetic problems and typical wear and tear.
Is this realistic? Or do I just not have enough money to make something happen?
I have about a million secondary questions; I'm not actually sure what length boat I need to be looking at, but I'm assuming something around 26 ft? I see lots of classified ads for boats that fit my budget in my area, but I am really concerned that they must have major problems to be offered so cheaply. I'm also worried that I might not have enough experience to be able to evaluate the condition of a boat before getting it surveyed. With my budget, every survey eats a pretty good chunk of boat.
I've been reading up on boat buying a lot, but I'd very deeply appreciate any advice for my particular situation.