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Hello everyone slash anyone,

I am new, rather seeking to become a novice, to the sailing/live aboard lifestyle and I would like any guidance on purchasing a boat to live aboard and learn to sail. (Whew, run-on sentences)

I'm single, in the military currently stationed the San Diego area and within the year I will be changing ports to Hawaii. If at all possible, I would much rather buy a boat in the So Cal area and then transport the vessel over to Hawaii because, from what I can tell so far, boats are ridiculously more expensive in Hawaii.

if there is any advice on 'first timer' boats that can comfortably sleep approx 3-4 or wisdom to be had on transporting a sailboat whilst in the military are welcome.

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Re: Brand New and Seeking Guidance

I am not a sailor, I don't own a boat, I am a tech.
Distilled observation from reading many posts. Buy a starter boat 25 to 28 ft.
and sail so much that your emergency notification is a call sign and a frequency.
Sell the boat when you PCS and buy another in Hawaii.
Some people sail to Hawaii and chicken out on extended crusing, don't buy one that has been beat to death or been siting in the rain and heat for a long time.
I would want to buy a boat and sail it all over, take leave to PCS and sail to Hawaii.
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Re: Brand New and Seeking Guidance

Hawaii has a lot of "broken dream' boats. someone who thinks they want to sail around the world head out on the first crossing get to hawaii and either decide its not for them, the mrs. decides its not for them or something else happens and they decide to sell and move back to the mainland. I feel you are likely to get a much better deal in Hawaii then to buy something then pay someone to ship/sail it there for you. there is actually a boat in Hawaii I am interested in right now but im not paying to have it brought back to the Pacific NW. and so I refrain from flying over to look at it because if I fall in love im in trouble.
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Will the military transport your boat for you when you move?
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