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triplepip 07-29-2008 05:34 PM

hello people , mind if i join you ?
i was just looking around for a boat & see what people are talking about these days & ended up joining ....looks like a great site & i could certainly do with some advice.

i am from inland england & didnt grow up around sailing , been traveling since i left home & was introduced to sailing late teens , lived on a gaf rigged cutter for nearly a year as we sailed the coast of france & med , classic yacht events & races in Auz & south africa with different boats , whilst looking to join a cape to rio ,met a delivery crew about to take a 38 cat from cape town to baha mexico , i got off in mexico ,thumbed it to the states & that was the last time i sailed 2002, been in deserts since ...turns out this is where the money is ,now i am looking for my own home ..was thinking a 40 ft ? .....this is where i need your knowledge.

is it possible to get a good 40 ft cruiser for around the 20,000 usd mark ?

something that can handle the pacific

what should i avoid (apart from the urge to buy the first one i set my eye on )

any good tips or storys of your first boat would be great

thanks for reading , i look forward to hearing from you


mrsmcavin 07-30-2008 01:16 PM

I'm not going to be much help, as my husband and I are looking for our first boat also. We will be living aboard it and doing some light cruising till he gets out of the Navy when we will take at least a year off and sail where ever the wind takes us. I just wanted to say that you can find a 40' at or around the 20,000 dollar mark. We are looking for something in the mid 30' range and the main thing to remember is they will need work. We have found a few we like but they would need some work to become livable. It all depends where you are really. Where are you located now? Sorry I'm not a veteran or anything, but I guess any little bit of advise is helpful, right? Welcome to sailnet! Hope you get all the info you need!

camaraderie 07-30-2008 01:40 PM

Welcome Pip...
is it possible to get a good 40 ft cruiser for around the 20,000 usd mark ?

something that can handle the pacific

My short answer to that question is can't get that size boat that will handle blue water cruising for that kind of money. You will need to spend 3x that for a 40 footer that is designed and capable of doing oceans.
Of course there are 20k "bargains" out there but you will spend the difference and much time making the repairs necessary to make them capable again after they have been bought in deteriorated condition.
Suggest you investigate the sticky post "bluewater boats" at the top of the buying a boat forum for additional thoughts and suggestions. Even at 60k it will be difficult to find a boat that size that is ready to go.

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