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First sailboat

My wife and I are looking to buy our first sailboat. We plan to live aboard and want the freedom to sail in a multitude of sailing conditions. We are interested in a S2 36 Aft cockpit. Does anyone have any suggestions for the newbies?
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Welcome to Sailnet bcvdh.

You don't mention what your boating background is, but my first suggestion is to take a boating safety course if you have not already.

Second suggestion is to do a lot of poking around the forums and ask a lot of questions.

Other than that, I think we would need more information from you on what type of suggestions you are looking for (i.e., boat purchase process, living aboard, boat choice).
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I think it is good. buy it and have a nice life.

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In addition to Donna's good advice, I'd suggest that you not get yourself locked into any one type of boat right away. You are fortunate that it's pretty much a buyers' market, and not having a (devalued) boat to sell first makes things even better for you.

The S2 is a pretty decent design, and a good example may well be a good boat for you, but look around at lots of different boats (it's all part of the fun). Knowing your experience and anticipated budget will be helpful.

Most any used boat is going to need some work, so be sure to keep a contingency aside for the inevitable (ie don't 'blow the budget' on purchase price and costs alone) Be aware that you could well spend $1000 easily on surveys and haulouts only to find the boat's not what you want, or it has some fatal flaw. Still, that would be a grand well spent as opposed to spending 10s of Ks and ending up with a pig in a poke, as they say.

Research, look, look, and try to get some sailing time on various boats as volunteer crew so that your purchase decision ultimately is an informed one.
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What is your budget?
What is your location?
What is your sailing experience?
What is your boat maintenance experience?
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What interests you about the S2 36? Have you chartered one, or been on a friend's before?
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