Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charlotte, NC
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What Boat to Buy?
So a little background first. I'm 22 years old, working as an electrical engineer. My parent's own a 44 foot Kelly Peterson sailboat that they're fixing up to go cruising. They're down at the beach and retired, and I'm full time in Charlotte, NC, so I won't get to sail with them, especially once they leave to go cruising.
When I was in high school I owned a Laser (a really beat up one, with warped blades and old sails) and enjoyed it, and we had an O'Day 22 that we kept in a slip and I really enjoyed that.
I'm trying to decide what kind of boat I want to buy. I really want something that's a blast to sail (such as a Laser), but part of me also wants to have at least a daysailer, or possibly a cabin daysailer (overnight) so I could take friends out sometimes.
The Laser isn't exactly cheap, at $3000 for a decent setup, but I wouldn't need a slip. Anything bigger and I'm gonna want to keep it in a slip, so that I don't spend 2 hours rigging it by myself.
I'll spend a lot of my time sailing singlehanded, but occasionally want to take people out.
So what can I get that's fast, fun to sail, easy to singlehand, under $5000, room for maybe 4 people. Big cockpit, tiny cabin (just enough for a couple people).
I can afford to spend some money on maintenance and a slip, but I'd prefer a boat that doesn't take a TON of work. I'm also pretty handy, and my parent
Does that boat exist? If not, should I go back to a Laser, sail that, and join the local yacht club and make friends and just sail their big boats as crew and get my big boat fix, and just tell my friends they're SOL?
Some boats I've considered: Lightning, Laser, 420, FJ, San Juan 21, Highlander, J22 (expensive), U20 (dreaming).
tl;dr: Tell me what boat to buy, and talk me out of buying a 25 foot boat from 1965 that's in terrible shape and pretending it'll be cheap to fix it.
Thanks, and sorry it got long.