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post #11 of 16 Old 05-20-2012
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Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Sounds like you are jumping in with both feet and will soon be in over your head...same way I did about 7 years ago! Although some may call it crazy, I call it passion.

I committed to two years living onboard and I had never really sailed before (other than a 15' cat). The first boat i made an offer on was scrubbed by the survey. I lost a few hundred in the deal but learned...ALWAYS GET A SURVEY!

Bottomline: I love the life style and would not turn back. BTW the second boat and one I settled on was an O'Day 40 and I have been quite pleased.
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Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

No worries about buying a boat whose maker is out of business, really. If you are buying a boat made before say 1989, there's a good chance the maker is gone. Many, many went out of business in the late 80s. Luckily, most of the equipment on a boat is standard, made by third party companies. So it's more like buying a bike, where the frame is special and made by the company whose name is on the bike, but the brakes, sprockets, wheels etc. are made by a few companies who supply all bikes.

What you want to worry about with an older boat is how it has been maintained, who owned it, and what its history has been. These will be the main differentiators 20 years + down the road.

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Just remember, "if it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there". I would at least hire a certified instructor for 3 or 4 lessons of 3 hours each on your boat. Really, if nothing else, it will save you the shame of learning to dock a 30 footer on your own.
That's what I want to do, hire someone to help or take someone knowledgeable.
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What you want to worry about with an older boat is how it has been maintained, who owned it, and what its history has been. These will be the main differentiators 20 years + down the road.
This one had only one owner and he is selling it now. It seems to be in decent shape and it looks like it was used by the owner regularly, I think that's a good sign. Otherwise waiting for the inspection on Tuesday.
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So, the inspection didn't find anything majorly bad, I am a proud owner of O'Day 30

Looks like I would need flares since they are not there, also the depth meter doesn't work, so I would need a new one. There are other small things, the sail is old, but otherwise it's in ok condition.

The seller will paint and wax the boat, so I hope I would start sailing soon!
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Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

You can double check the safety equipment list and request a free vessel exam by the CG Auxiliary or Power Squadron here: National Department of Vessel Safety Checks Free Safety Checks For Your Boat

They will make sure you have the proper State and Federal equipment. If your boat does not pass they just give you a list of what they found wrong (or missing) and you give them a call when things are fixed - it is not an enforcement so if your boat does not pass you can't get a ticket nor are an law enforcement types told about the inspection. A great way to have a second set of eyes look at your equipment. They should also give you some handouts on State and Federal booklets as well as answer general boating questions for you.

When I have friends that are new to sailing I get them the U.S. Sailing book "Basic Keelboat" great starting book.

Good luck & welcome to sailing.


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