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KPS'08 05-10-2013 01:56 PM

buying advice?
My name is Chris and I am an unlimited tonnage marine engineer looking to live-aboard. I am starting my search for a 50-100' sailboat, in the need of some TLC. I want to be able to sail the east coast and beyond with my girlfriend, and one day small family. I have some sailing (far-40s and J-24s) and extensive large boat (60'+) handling experience.

Assuming a $160k buy budget, my question is, what type/manufacturer of sailboat should I be looking at? Pros/cons of single vs twin mast? Steel v fiberglass? Are wood hulls drastically more expensive/work?

Thank you for any information you are willing to share.

copacabana 05-10-2013 04:13 PM

Re: buying advice?
Are you serious?

jephotog 05-10-2013 04:21 PM

Re: buying advice?
I'd suggest 4 J-24s to add up to a 100 feet with 4 bedrooms.

Before you invest in a 100 feet fixer upper find out how much it costs to dock or haul it out for maintenance and see if you can afford it.

Cartgate 05-10-2013 04:48 PM

Re: buying advice?
Unlimited tonage engineer, should not have an issue with $ for maintence. Enjoy your future.

mbetter 05-10-2013 05:03 PM

Re: buying advice?
There are a surprising number of boats that meet your criteria on Yachtworld. How about this, it seems suitably Captain Ronny:

KPS'08 05-10-2013 05:13 PM

Re: buying advice?
Yes I'm serious. No I dont think $ or time will be an issue. I only work 6 months a year and do just fine financially. After talking with people who have lived aboard I hear that a 45-55 LOA is plenty for 2-3 people so that's where I'm going to focus my search. I have researched maintenance, insurance and dockage costs. If you could look past that part of my inquiry and try to give some honest advice to someone trying to make a dream come true I'd appreciate it.

Cartgate and Mbetter, thank you for your comments.

rockDAWG 05-10-2013 05:31 PM

Re: buying advice?
Don't let others affect your desire wanting a bigger boat. Size does matters either it is referring to a certain body parts, car or boat. Just go out the get a 100 footer, sailing into their home port or show us some pictures. :)

Good luck and make yourself happy.

34crealock 05-10-2013 05:35 PM

Re: buying advice?
Do you plan to to sail with 1 or 2 fellow sailors or are you looking to,single hand the boat. How much cruising as opposed to living at anchor/ on a dock? If you plan to blast off when you get your 6 month break you might want something faster than comfy at the dock. The good news is that there are lots of 35 to 60 foot boats out there in various states of repair. I would start looking at 40 to 50 ft boats and reading about them to help you zero in on the boat for you. If you enjoy maintaining the vessle yourself you can save much money and maybe look at larger boats in need of refit if time is on your side. I envy your future. Good luck with the search.:D

KPS'08 05-10-2013 05:54 PM

Re: buying advice?
I plan on sailing with my girlfriend most of the time. We are planing on taking a three month honeymoon when we are ready to cast of to the south and go. Thank you for the fast v comfy advice.

SloopJonB 05-10-2013 08:08 PM

Re: buying advice?
Buy the smallest boat that meets your needs, not the biggest you think you might be able to manage.

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