Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Port Moody, BC
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Many of the others have given you some good ideas. I'll throw in my 2 cents.
First, what kind of boating do you want to do? If not sailing, this may not be the greatest forum for advice, though the maintenance knowledge of folks like Faster and SD is readily transferable.
However, assuming that you really do want to sail, here's some questions that you may want to ask yourself. Answering these should help you narrow down your choices a bit.
- What kind of sailing do you want to do? Cruising or racing? If, as you suggest, you want to enjoy Puget Sound on the water, cruising sounds like the likely answer.
- How many people will typically be on the boat? Just you and your wife?
- Do you want something for overnights; or just for day sailing?
- Are you prepared to spend more than the $2,000 that you are budgeting? If so, how much more? I ask because a trailer alone can cost that much, depending on it's condition
The nice thing about those questions is that they will also serve you quite well even if you want a power boat.
If you want to tow the boat with your truck, trailer sailors are readily available
As for where to find boats on sale, you can start by getting 2 free magazines: 48 North and Northwest Yachting. 48 North is mainly sailboats, but Northwest Yachting is for both power and sail. They won't have everything, but it should be a good start. In Canada, they're available at many marinas and marine stores. Perhaps some of SN folks in Puget Sound can tell you where to pick up copies.
Hope that helps.
Port Moody, BC
It's not my fault they named a movie after our boat
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