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Transportation... Employ a Sailor or a Trailer?
I'm nearing the purchase of my first boat. I'm on the fence between two Bristols (such beautiful lines!) a 22' and a 24'.
I am an absolute lubber, but am being guided by my father-in-law who is a rather experienced skipper, if, perhaps, out of practice.
I believe the 22' in this circumstance is a better buy for the money invested but the downside is getting it home. I live in Brooklyn, NY and the boat will (most likely) live in a marina in Flushing Bay, Queens, NY. The boat is in Barnegat Bay, NJ and sailing it from there to Flushing is something I nor my father-in-law are not up to.
The 24' is in East Hampton and is a fine boat, but lacks a motor and a bunch of niceties the 22' has (furler, awlgrip, new winches, quantum sales etc..). But, I (and my Father-in-law) would be able to sail the 24' right down the L.I. sound.
I'd much prefer the 22', but I don't believe I could afford to bring it home. The 22, I believe, is trailerable, but I'd have no where to keep the trailer, living in Brooklyn and I'm afraid that using a service to ship it via land would (my research is incomplete here) be more expensive than I could afford.
Does anyone know of a service, or private individual sailors who might undertake a the 80-100 mile jaunt up the NJ coast and up the East river? What might a fair price for this be were it arrangeable.
I thank you all most kindly for your time.
Would-be Sailor, NYC
(I was not entirely clear under which forum this belongs in, so I figured General Discussion ought to fit, I beg your collective pardons is this is not the case.)