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Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbean

Hey, I'm looking to buy a boat to sail from the East coast of the United States to the Caribbean to do some island hopping. I have about 25 grand to spend and about 5 grand for repairs and outfitting. Can you guys recommend a year range, and/or make that I should be looking at? I'd like something around at least 35 feet. Is this a good size for my purpose? Does the boat need to have decent blue water capabilities to make it from Florida to the Bahamas? Any necessary features of the boat I should be looking for or should spend some money on after the purchase?
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Hi and welcome to SailNet. I hope you have a strong constitution for some of the answers you will undoubtedly receive.

Firstly, do you know how to sail? What's your sailing CV?

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I have experience sailing on lakes and bays, skippering hobie 16s, and small 18-25ft monohulls, as well as crewing on 30-35 foot monohulls. About 4 years of experience total with 30ish day sails under my belt. Also have asa101 and 103 certs.
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Great. That will give everyone a place to start. Thanks.

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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

As I'm sure others will say, that budget is a bit tight. However to try to answer your question, if I were looking to do what your propose, I would want something in the mid-30 foot range or larger. A bit smaller would be OK for hopping to the Bahamas, but I would like something more substantial for continuing on to the islands. With your budget, your are probably looking at boats from the 70s and early 80s. And with only $5k for refit, you are going to have to find a boat with no major issues. That budget won't even buy a new set of sails for a 35 footer.

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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

Here are a few suggestions.....and represent the range of size, age, and design that you'll need to evaluate for your particular needs and aspirations.

1979 Morgan Out Island 33 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

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

1987 Catalina 30 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

I think these particular boats could take you on a cruise through the Bahamas, depending on their actual condition and your actual skill level. All will undoubtedly need some cleaning up, have some deferred maintenance, and probably have some repair issues to address. And these are just some examples of the many, many boats out there that could take you on that trip safely.....your skill and experience are likely going to be more of a factor in determining how safe and enjoyable an adventure you are going to have.

$5k can disappear pretty fast when you're talking repairs and upgrades, but if you do the work yourself and scout places like Sailorman for deals on used stuff you can save a lot of cash.

Also - don't forget to budget $500-$800 for survey and haul-out when you find one you want to make an offer on.

Good luck with the search!

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Thanks for the advice guys. Should I be looking for a minimum water and fuel tank size?
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Your best bet is to look for a boat that someone out grew and is willing to deal on it, look to spend 10k to 15k leaving you with a little bit more to upgrade and repair with. good luck and keep us posted on your venture. Check out "wicked salty" on youtube.
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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

Hey,

I would suggest an o'day 34-35. The 34 is definitely in your budget, the 35 may be a little tougher. I sold my 35 last year. One of the previous owners spent the winter down in florida one year and the carib the next. In the summer they returned to the north east. My boat carried 100 gallons of water (2 35 gallon tanks and 1 30 gallon bladder), had Sea Frost engine driven refrigeration, 3 batteries, bimini, dodger, hot water, 2 5 gallon propane bottles, etc.

The 35 is big enough to carry a lot of gear, small enough enough to manage short handed, and strong enough to handle some bad weather. I would not want to cross an ocean in an O'day 35, but a run down the coast and then across to the carib, sure!

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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea

Go with the Morgan 33 Out Island - best of the lot!

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