Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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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.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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