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An old debate with a new detailed scenario
Ive newly come to the boater world and was thinking about a power boat or a sailboat. I did a lot of research online and people answered the decision really depends on how you want to use the boat. So I figure if I provide my detail scenario here, people can help me better.
Planning usage of the boat
Ok, so I have never sail a boat before, but im willing to learn. Everybody needs to start somewhere right? However, Im not planning on getting to any distant place in a boat. All I want to do is to spend 3-4 hour on a day I feel like going out on the ocean. Maybe once a week. hang out with my friends or families, watch sunset, fishing or just chilling on the sea. All the other time, the boat will be sitting at the dock. We might spend a night in the cabin occasionally when docked.
So Im actually very specific with my question. I now have an offer of a 1978 Buccaneer 35' for $21500. Im in Los Angeles, the boat is currently docking in Marina Del Ray. This is the only affordable price range for me. But when I checked online, I realized there were newer powerboat cost much less. And thats where the debate came in.
Another factor here is, the Buccaneer current have a tenant living onboard paying $1575 month to month. The owner said I could take the business with me if I want and that is really tempting because I get to offset my monthly storage and main fees. But Im wondering if I get a powerboat, can I rent it out like this when Im not using it?
Is buying the 1978 Buccaneer 35 a good idea
And now comes the conclusion:
* powerboat or sailboat if Im not gonna use the boat extensively so that maintenance cost and fuel cost wont be too huge
* is there a life span on a sail boat? is this Buccaneer 35 a good deal? The owner said he kept the boat really well and the boat doesnt need any work done.
Thank you everyone, and Im actually very excited to get my first boat in life!