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Here are some boats we are interested in at this point...

1978 Bristol 29.9 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

1982_Ericson_28

1975 PaceShip Sloop sailboat for sale in Maryland

and the Cat...
1985 Catalina Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Of course since we won't be able to even go look in person until Dec, this is mostly just an exercise at this point until we get closer. Been looking for the Cal 28, haven't found one close to where we would want it, found a couple in CA, but that makes sense I guess. Looking for Freedom's now as well. Thanks for all the suggestions!

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I would wait till summer and come with as much money then to start your search. While warmer in December in NC and Fla than Alaska, it is too cold for a lot of the locals to sail. I am just guessing from my time sailing in New Orleans. There are some that will sail year around but for the most part the docks will be empty and you will get a lot less traction looking then than the beginning of boating season. If you do find a boat you are then responsible for storage until you come sail it. Adding the cost of travel, and lodging for 3 and the boat hauling and storage for 8 months, just for the possibility to sail a little bit in December, does not make sense, IMO. Besides the "cold", the days are short, so less boat work or sailing can be done each day. All that extra money could go to a bigger boat or cruising kitty.

Can you work in December and take 2 months off in summer? You could do more research all winter, have some people here look at some boats you are interested in. There is a thread of people willing to check out boats for others somewhere on this site. You could use that to narrow down some boats, then one of you fly out and pay to survey the boat, purchase and be ready to start sailing or working on the boat when the other arrives.

I second the Catalina 27 not being the boat for you. The V-berth felt too short for me and I am 5'10". No way a couple of 6 footers being comfortable up there.
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Great information. But, I should be honest about much of December plans having as much to do with getting out of -50F temps for a few weeks than actually finding/buying/sailing a boat (think excuse for a trip down south). Good to know that the access to folks on the docks will be significantly less. That will keep our expectations low. Heck, our top temps here in summer are lower than Florida's low temps in winter. We will be on the beach swimming by ourselves while people watch us in disbelief! If we didn't go to Florida, we would be doing some sort of tropical vacation and that would really cut into the deposit!

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I second the Catalina 27 not being the boat for you. The V-berth felt too short for me and I am 5'10". No way a couple of 6 footers being comfortable up there.
Also, our thinking with this size boat is that we would make the Vberth our little girl's "room". Then she could have her own space, go to sleep at night with a door, and we could stay up. Then we would use the convertible to sleep in and treat the salon/cockpit as our space at anchor. Does anyone out there use their space this way? Seeing boats in person is REALLY going to help in our thoughts.

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Our thoughts regarding storing out of the water had less to do with fees, than with maintenance with us out of the state. I was thinking a boat stored in salt water would require much more attention than a boat out of water.
My observations are quite opposite. Boat on hard most likely gets less attention than boat in water. Most marinas in popular areas are having some sort of service when living aboard in the marina provide some baby(boat) sitting services for very small fee, besides there are always somebody to spot if something wrong with the boat -lines chaffed or boat is sitting too low in water, stuff like that.
Boats parked in the corner of the lot on hard normally get no attention at all, and most water damage I've seen while looking for my boat was from rain water collecting inside of such boats.

I'm not saying that keeping a boat in water is always better that keeping it out, however arranging some sort of watch on your boat is not difficult or expensive.

I think that giving V-birth to kid(s) is a good idea. I have not had kids staying too long on my boat, but on a few occasions when I had small guests, they always liked to congregate in V-birth creating two separate areas one for adults and another for kids. Besides they had no problem going outside through the sky hatch, completely bypassing rest of the boat
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Boats parked in the corner of the lot on hard normally get no attention at all, and most water damage I've seen while looking for my boat was from rain water collecting inside of such boats.

I think that giving V-birth to kid(s) is a good idea. I have not had kids staying too long on my boat, but on a few occasions when I had small guests, they always liked to congregate in V-birth creating two separate areas one for adults and another for kids. Besides they had no problem going outside through the sky hatch, completely bypassing rest of the boat
Great points! Thanks. I had not thought of the rain collecting in the boat without someone watching out for you. I can just imagine what the combo of lots of leaves, then rain could do if things plugged up.

Good to hear though on the V berth idea. We were hoping that it was sound thinking as it sure does open up a number of boats that we had completely dismissed when we were thinking the three cabin minimum. Although a used First with a shoal draft is sure a nice looking option. Seems like it would be fast and family friendly. Just need to up the budget a bit.

You should see the machines we have when we started out just shopping for a couple simple snow mobiles to dink around on. Now we have two high end long track mountain machines with billet bling and custom work. Why does this seem like a trend in my life? I guess I learned it from Dad. We went out once to pick up "a little john boat for us to fish from", what Mom was told, and came home with a deep V Chris Craft.
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