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Old 05-24-2013
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New to the forum and to sail boat ownership

Hey guys, I joined this forum to make the most informed decision I can about buying a sailboat. I figure I might as well introduce myself first before starting a thread about which boat to buy. I am an almost 21 year old male and I live in Scituate, Ma. (at least for the summer). I plan to cruise around Scituate, the Boston Harbor islands, maybe to to Maine, and around the cape and islands. I'm hoping to buy a boat that can handle that type of stuff without breaking the bank.
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Welcome to Sailnet and welcome to boat ownership. There should be lots of good used boats in that area that would suit your needs.
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Re: New to the forum and to sail boat ownership

Greetings. I live up in Salem and as Jeff says, you will have lots of boats to choose from. Take your time making the decision.
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys, I posted another thread in the general discussion section with more details about my specific needs and budget for the boat.
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Re: New to the forum and to sail boat ownership

Baggie,

If this isn't an impulse buy (which I hope it isn't) try to put it off until the Fall. Prices for boats are high in the spring but around September when the threat of snow is looming, the prices plummet. Also, while deciding what to buy, consider all the costs, including but not limited to launch, haul, storage, stepping fees, cleaning, insurance, slip or mooring. So, eyes wide open. If you decided on a large trailer sailer, then the cost comes down significantly but you need a truck to haul with.

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Re: New to the forum and to sail boat ownership

Thanks for the advice, I do plan to buy a trailer sailer in the 18-22ft range to cut down on most of the additional costs. I also appreciate the advice to buy a boat in the fall, which is something I would probably try to do if I decide to buy a bigger/nicer boat later on, but I would really like to start sailing ASAP.
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