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I'm just a poor boy. Is this just fantasy? please advise.
Hello everybody, greetings from Fairbanks, Alaska. My dilemma is this: I am enthralled by the sea, sailing and s.c.u.b.a. specifically, but I live in the interior of Alaska, quite a contradiction I know. Now that my college career is finished my goal is to buy a 30'+ sailboat good for coastal cruising, I don't need or expect anything fancy- just a sound hull, well maintained rigging, and a reliable diesel. For the past four years i've been living in a small cabin in the woods with no running water (anyone ever use an outhouse when it's -40 degrees Fahrenheit?- not fun.) so in some respects living aboard a boat would be an upgrade to my living standards e.g. working head, shower, sink.
I have a relatively small amount of money saved ($15,000), I know in the boat market this is an insubstantial amount of money. I have been casually shopping for boats online and there seems to be quite a few old boats that meet my basic requirements for under $15,000 dollars.
Here is my question to you, the sailnet community, do I take my money, go walk the docks and buy a 30 year old boat that will undoubtedly need to have work put into it (which wouldn't surprise or discourage me) and start my adventure OR do I continue to work and save in the traditional manner until I can afford a newer/bigger/better boat? Is it reasonable to expect a 30' boat for under $15,000 to be sailable? Any advice, suggestions, or slaps in the face to bring be back to reality would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading! -Steve A. in AK