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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm actually a couple years away from either purchasing or forming partnerships. I'm taking the ASA classes (already completed 101/102 103 in March) and will try to get on beer can race crews this summer.
That's a good course of action... it's going to be through associations like those that you'll have best odds of meeting the kinds of people you're looking to connect with. Who knows... after a few seasons racing with a compatible couple the idea may come to fruition.. and like us, by that time you'll have no qualms about your partners. A viable partnership arrangement makes a ton of sense from financial, utilization, work sharing points of view, and also, besides reducing overall costs can usually 'up the budget' to something neither party would likely manage (physically or financially) on their own.

So don't despair, you've got a good initial plan. Best of luck!
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We spend a lot of time cruising for long weekends with our closest friends and family. It only takes a couple of days in a 500 sf home to really figure out what drives you nuts in someone! It works, because it has a clear end date and then we look forward to having them back.

While you are looking for cruising partners, you are still looking for a partnership of sorts. Its unclear whether both couples would own the boat in your query. Regardless, a partnership is always the first ship to sink. The most important agreement to iron out, is how to end the partnership. How does each couple get out? Can one require the other to buy them out? Can you just leave?

Whether each partner has the ability to take advantage of an exit is even more important. Just agreeing that one must buy the other out at a pre-determined price is useless if either party doesn't have the money to do so. It becomes like dealing with a cornered animal, if one wants out, but can't do it.

They can work, but be sure to have a rock solid pre-nup.
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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

An interesting topic since I find myself in the same exact situation. I've done a lot of sailing in Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean both by myself and with others. Single for most of my life, I'm close to retirement.

In anticipation of cruising after I retire, I posted a few inquiries about what other cruisers thought about a single hander and without exception, all replies said don't do it. To tell you the truth, based on my own short duration single handed saling cruises, I would have to agree. The geography is beautiful, the sailing is great, but it gets boring without someone with you, whether that be female or male. It can also be dangerous single handing a boat continuously.

Too bad you're on the opposite side of the US, Andifreed. Who knows? We may have hooked up.
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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

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In anticipation of cruising after I retire, I posted a few inquiries about what other cruisers thought about a single hander and without exception, all replies said don't do it. To tell you the truth, based on my own short duration single handed saling cruises, I would have to agree. ..
Plenty of singlehand cruisers. You just need the right boat, mindset, and experience. I suppose luck helps, too. When I joined the Catalina club the first three women who introduced themselves to me had started out singlehanding 30 foot boats. Here's the blog of a fellow SailNetter who singlehands his 57 footer:

Sailboat “Zanshin” - single handed voyages around the Caribbean, with logbook, pictures and blog pages

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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

Thanks for the additional information. I was not looking to sail alone, actually quite the reverse, something more stable/predictable than replying on impressing sailors at each port of call.
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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

I know this thread is a bit old, but maybe some else can use this info...
Why not join a sailing club? No, I'm not talking about yacht clubs...clubs where people who love sailing get together and bareboat charter all over (BVI, Chesapeake, San Fran, etc., etc.)

In my area there are three that I can think of...The Sailing Club Inc (NJ), Philadelphia Sailing club and NY Sailing Club....and you don't necessarily have to be local to participate...the NJ club is heading to BVI in February 2014...just go to their website, sign up as a member and away you go...

Can't think of an easier, no strings attached, way to cruise!
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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

As an update, I am a member of a club which has a school and charters. Their boats tend to be newer/expensive. But classes like coastal nav and on water coastal passage making are worth it.

I also found that beer cans are a wonderful way of getting my mid week sailing fix. I've added myself to several different crew lists but have not had much success there. (Although I have crewed with some one else who did get the call from a crew list, so they work for some).

After reading "This old boat", the urge to buy has gotten almost manic, scanning craigslist several times a day for just the right boat.
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Re: Alternatives to buying your own boat

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After reading "This old boat", the urge to buy has gotten almost manic, scanning craigslist several times a day for just the right boat.
I'm right there with you...although my summer weekends are limited I'm still trying to justify buying a nice 25'-30' boat and putting her in a slip....maybe if there's wireless access from the marina I can convince my boss that I'm working from my sailboat...hmmmm
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