Join Date: Jan 2011
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My hope is to get some offshore practice on the boat, slowly working towards my lifetime goal of (maybe solo) ocean passages/circumnavigation. There are also large kelp forests in the area, particularly around an isolated surf break that I love ("Ralphs" at the end of Point Loma).
I am not opposed to considering something else, but I am working on a relatively small budget (<$10,000). That being the case, I don't feel as confident in light air models (Cal, Catalina, Coronado) of similar vintage and length (<25'), and Pacific Seacrafts, etc. are often more than I can budget. I have considered just going the slip route, which would open up a number of boats, but it would run me close to $3000/year more for storage.
Lastly, I am very fond of more traditional boats, reminiscent of wooden sailboats. These tend to be much less common... I have had my eye out for a Cape Dory for close to a year down here and haven't come across one for sale.