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Wink First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

My father is officially a senior citizen. Unofficially, he is going senile from lack of open air, sea spray, and sunshine. For the past few years he has talked about getting a boat, he acquired some money for said boat, and then proceeded to surf the web in a manner that made a technologically inclined child proud. Except that he is a lurker.

Just a lurker. Which is irritating as, being that it is his first boat, first private sailing endeavor, he has lots of gaps to fill in. But he won't post. Books do help, but we all know how anecdotes and direct advice can be. My father is always on this site, reading about you guys, and trying to fit it into his own setup. But not posting..

So I have bridged the gap for him - hi Dad. You shy lazy sod.


What do you guys think about his boating ideas? Here is what I know he has worked out and maybe seeing this will kick him into gear to post some details himself!

Seeking a 30-34 foot craft.
Leisurely purposes; day and overnight ventures starting on Lake Champlain... Possibly several week treks elsewhere, tropical quite preferred.
Monohull, he started with cats but price worked him down.
I know he likes Hunters...
Boat budget of maybe $25-30k.
3 person crew (one with naval experience, one techgeek, and the last one to stop us spending all the leftover$, if it is more than a myth, on pirate outfits)

Please help this guy out with his plotting. Hopefully more detail to follow once he notices this post and makes an account.
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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

First off welcome aboard. Tell your Dad that we don't bite....much. But we do disagree quite a bit on here. Contrary to popular opinion, we can't make up your Dad's mind for him. We can only make suggestions.

I'm not sure if it wouldn't make more sense to look for something like an older Watkins 30 or Endeavor 32. Should find one for roughly 1/2 what you mentioned. Look at both models as one is sleek and fast and the other, not so much but solid and tons of room below.

Buying at the lower end of the market offers one major benefit other than the obvious. You can sail the boat for a season or two, from it make the list of what you really miss having on board, sell the boat for about what you paid for it and your new found experience firmly in hand, find and buy the 'keeper'.
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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

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Buying at the lower end of the market offers one major benefit other than the obvious. You can sail the boat for a season or two, from it make the list of what you really miss having on board, sell the boat for about what you paid for it and your new found experience firmly in hand, find and buy the 'keeper'.
Tropic is spot on, IMO. There are lots of very decent boats at the b ottom of their depreciation curve, especially on Lake Champlain, that have been well maintained, used seasonally and can be had for under $20K... usually well under.
If your dad likes Hunters, this is his lucky day, because if you were to draw a two circle Venn diagram with "Hunter" in one circle and "Good 30' boats under $20K", at the intersection is a very, very good boat:
The Hunter Cherubini 30.
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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

Have fun while you can, when you can.

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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

Lurking is good! And a lot better than trying to remove foot from mouth!..Welcome Aboard! if you can't get on board get a plank! ....Dale
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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

Don't post, get a boat and go sailing.
Much less confusing that way.
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Re: First Mate requesting advice... Senility has landed.

Welcome aboard both of you!
We really don't bite, more like a nibble here and there.

Jump in, post, ask, discuss, toss out ideas and dreams, we have all been at the start of our sailing adventure at some point. Some started as children, others (myself included) came to sailing as an adult.

There are a lot of boats out there that fit the bill as you described it. The start of the season is right around the corner, get your boat and get ready to sail!
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