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I'm Scott, I spent a weekend with a friend sailing this spring and am now hooked.
I am wanting to buy a project boat as I am pretty handy with tools and would enjoy the challenge.
Any POSITIVE comments would be appreciated. Pros and Cons are not considered negative ...lol
I guess the first question I would have is how old is too old when considering this project. 1980s is my first thought. 35 to 40 feet
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Re: New to sailing

wooden boats are beautiful, but require money time and experience at shipbuilding. Fiberglas boats are all condition condition condition.. and they are not cheap to refit of maintain just not as difficult as wood.
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Re: New to sailing

Geeze Scott you come in here all defensive.. didn't intro yourself and demand positive input.
That is a big negative right there!


If you want to sail, getting a project boat is a big negative. So many people have gone down this road and the boats are found on Ebay and or other places with the word project in the heading.

stop and think what kind of sailing you want to do. then get a boat accordingly. your budget will thank you for it.

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Re: New to sailing

Until you have enough sailing experience to know what kind of boat you will want, it really doesn't make much sense to get into any project.
There are so many options; a monohull, a catamaran, a long keel heavy displacement vessel or a fin keel, spade rudder higher performance boat, and a gazillion in betweens. Also, how you will use the boat comes into play. Are going cruising, club racing, live aboard, or not.
Without sufficient experience, you will be fighting an up hill battle in your 'fixer upper' because you won't have the knowledge to choose the proper equipment or materials for each project.
Sail a lot and on as many boats as you can, before you jump into a renovation project on a boat. There is a very good reason why a boat builder makes three times the money a house carpenter does. It isn't just reading plans and driving nails.
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Re: New to sailing

Did you get hooked on sailing or boat repair ? How much spare time do you have every week and do you want to spend it sailing or rebuilding a head ? All boats require repair and maintenance that make it a constant challenge to spend more time sailing then working upside down with your head in the bilge. It's not like a house, no such thing as "sweat equity", market value assumes the boat is in "sail away" condition you don't get value for repairs, you only maintain the original value. I'd never advise anyone to tackle a "project boat" longer than 8' on their first "project".
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Re: New to sailing

I don't really know how to respond to the second post. So, I won't.

Thx Desert Rat, great info.

I am not planning on buying a hull and starting from scratch. All of the woodwork inside and out I could refurb with no problem. Engine work would be hired out.
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RE #2.

wooden boats are my area of study. Much as I love them, I owned (and sold) a fiberglass boat.

RE #6 Scott but when will you go sailing?

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To answer Capta's question about what kind of sailing I am interested in. I would like to have a Live aboard, not interested in racing just crusing.
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Denise030, I obviously left a bad taste with you on my opening post and I know I have one about your first reply. Since there is no way to Block users from replying to my posts (on this site) I will ask politely. Please refrain from responding to my posts. Scott

To the rest of you I apologize for this post.
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Well I apologize to you Scott. text often comes off badly when read by another. it was not meant to offend you.

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