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New To Sailing
Ahoy Sailors, My name is Zac and I am a college student in Clemson, S.C. I was wanting to buy a boat to sail on the weekends through the Summer. I would mostly be sailing around in a lake (Lake Jocassee). Now I have been on a bass boat once or twice, but that's about it. I somewhat understand the mechanics of a sailboat... you have your hull, your sails, your rudder, your keel, etc. Other than that I am completely clueless. I plan on reading more books if I decide to buy a boat. So with that in mind would I be crazy to by a sailboat? (Not having any experience and no one to teach me).
The boat that I am looking at is a late 70s model Hunter 25 for $4000. I could come up with $4000 but I wouldn't want to pour money into it for maintenance. Would I be buying a timebomb? All that really matters to me is that it floats but I'm sure there could be hidden cost that I'm not seeing.
I'm a quick learner and really "tough." In other words, I'm not afraid of a challenge and my first sailing expeditions don't have to be as easygoing and luxurious as a walk in the park. Wise advice is greatly appreciated.