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Evaluating One-of-a-Kind Boats?
Another thing I''ve seen that may be helpfull; A friend of mine was selling his boat, and found some people he trusted to be good, safe sailors, and they offered to charter his boat for a week of cruising the Channel Islands and California Coast. They had already had the boat surveyed, and used that to get comp coverage in his name, and he handed over the keys. They got back, transfered the insurance into their own name, handed him a check, and are still happy with their new boat.
But also in general
1.) Read read read read read!!!!
Many authors have sailed around the world before they decide to write anything. Hill, Pardey, (if you''re willing to go back a while) Hisock) etc, all have great reading. It''s obviously biased, but it''s everything they wished they knew before they headed out. Also, I was talking to a sailing friend of a friend, who was kind enough to drop two DECADES of back issues of Cruising World, Sail, Practical Sailer, and the like on me. It''s helped me imensley,
2.) Sail sail sail sail sail.
I crew on any boat I can get on. I hang around the harbor and talk to people. It''s amazing how much diffrent reviews a boat gets at sails time vs. when the tired skipper and crew just got in from 30 kts and 8'' waves. and the more you sail boats you''ve read reviews for, the more the numbers make sense, and the more you know what "tender" "seaworthy" "roomy" and all those other terms which can have a range of meanings mean to certain reviewers.