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Boat maintenance without a marina
I'm not sure what forum to put this in since it's part buying a boat and part maintenance and part "I'm a newbie."
So here's my story: I've recently really wanted to get into sailing. I've read a lot about it (thank you to everyone who recommended The Complete Sailor, great book) and have volunteered to crew on 2 races at nearby Smith Mountain Lake.
My long-term goal is to spend several years cruising along the east coast with my wife. Originally, I thought I would save up and buy a nice boat built for coastal crusining. But lately I have been thinking maybe I should buy something cheap and small and learn on that one before moving to a 30+ foot boat.
So a friend of mine owns some land on the lake with a dock. He also used to work in a marina doing all sorts of maintenance on boats. He has agreed to help me fix up an old boat and even dock it at his place. I figure it would be better for me to buy a fixer upper and learn to do the maintenance with him so that I will know what to do when stuff goes wrong on the nicer boat I will someday own.
So at the marina I crew at, I see a 22 foot Ventura for $1200. The owner says it needs some clean up and TLC. My question (finally) is this: how much work can be done without putting the boat on a lift? Since I am such a cheapskate, I would rather dock it for free at my friends than pay for a slip at a marina.
I know the ad didn't say what needs to be cleaned up, but how much can be done if the boat is just in the water? Or is all this a horrible idea?