Join Date: Mar 2010
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Hey Shock, from your posts it seems that a 30' project boat may not be what you should be looking for - they are generally expensive and incredibly time consuming to return to a decent state. There are loads of neglected boats in Marina's which can look very tempting - even if you understand what it takes to return them to use. As a friend said - "Look at this boat. The guy got it really cheap - $1,000. Spent all his spare time for 2 years and around $5,000 doing it up, and guess what? He now has a boat worth $2,500".
You may be better off looking at boats in the 26-28' range which are ready to sail, and if you have the space trailerable (slip fees can add up very quickly). These boats can be a bit cramped but are fine for the weekend, tend to be simple and inexpensive to maintain. There are loads of choices, but personally I like Santana's and Pearson's. Good luck!