Time is passing and I am still looking for my boat. In thr mean time I have undertake sailing classes and now I have a confidence that " I can rise the sails up ".
But, bak to the shopping stories.
I have seen some boats and have to admit that possibly my buying time will be on the increase.
Every one admits that a wooden boat is a lots of work and not much sailing.
My observations tell me that every one is getting GRP and forgetting about maintenance for the next 10 year, at which point they discover that fixing things is to much of thr cost, and they trying to " flog" the boat on the market.
You can buy a Swanson 28 for about a 22K in Australia, but I would not make next wave. Engine is leaking oil, bilge area is splitting, no instruments at all, and so on.
This is not the only inspection I have. Other boats with the price of around 25k where in same state. There is a Clansman in Tasmania. Advertised as inshore and offshore for around 30 - 35k. I have told the owner that I will pay the price if he sail the boat with me back to Melbourne. The answer - no way. The boat is in no state of making Bass Straight.
I have seen Carter 33 for around 45k. The boom paint blister, the mast paint is pealing ( I have not see inside or the motor) , but have survey report indicating that the keel bolts should be check and re-tension.
Unfortunately in Australia there is not much choice in blue water boat selection ( in good running order) if thr budget is around 30k.
I wish I cud put my hands on Alberg 30 or Contessa 26 or, possibly my favored Norsea 27 ( yeah dream on Johny).
Does anyone have possible hiccups before buying own boat.
In AU anything bigger that 30ft attract proce well above 40k (if in some good condition).
Bottom line - not happy