My wife and I are long-time sailors, but first time boat owners.
We have been sailing for about 14 years, as members of the Barnet Sailing Co-op, on Catalina 27's. While a Co-op has many advantages, we felt that the flexibility of owning one's own boat was beginning to outweigh those. So, last fall, we took the plunge and bought a 1987 Mirage 29'.
While the boat was in very good shape, my previous Co-op experience and experience as a yacht broker suggested there would be surprises. Even if there is not, working on 5 Catalina 27's suggests that we would want to make improvements. So far, we haven't been disappointed on either count.
To keep it in perspective, our workload has been relatively light, compared to that of other co-op members who have bought boats. So, we'll keep on truckin' and look forward to having fun during boating season.
Port Moody, BC
p.s. James Cameron, eat your heart out. The previous owner re-named her when he bought her 4 years ago!