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04-02-2011 06:28 AM
DonScribner IronMan,

We bought a Lancer 25 November of 2008 with no sailing experience, no trailer, no tow truck. Everything WAS thought out before we signed the check. I won't bore you (or anybody else who stumbles by!) with all the details, but the first time I ever sailed was the first time I hanked on my own jib a 1/4 mile out of Saco, Maine. We are talking CLUELESS! (but careful) We've sailed around 750 nm in two years of weekends in all kinds of conditions and absolutely love it. We trailer every time so we're pretty good at stepping the mast and getting her ready. A few things to keep an eye out for when buying:

1) draft: a long keel makes her harder to launch off a taller trailer
2) head: smaller boats = smaller heads, or maybe in the middle of the cabin!
3) trailer brakes: make sure they're there. Mine weren't. $350 kit to replace
4) tow truck: make sure it can handle you're baby.
5) head room: some boats are "pop top", fine for anchoring but not moving
6) roller furler: very nice to have for a newbie
7) Outboard: make sure she runs well.
8) standing rigging: check all ends for corrosion or fraying.
9) Find a review on your boat to see her handling
10) are you handy or loaded? Sailboats require one or the other, sometimes both.

Do you know how to make as small fortune? Start with a large fortune and buy a sailboat!

Well, welcome the family and good luck with your search.


Biddeford, Maine
03-31-2011 06:49 PM
denby Welcome aboard.
I sail out of Milford Harbor on a O'Day 302. You can sail with me this summer if you like.
03-31-2011 07:09 AM
IronSpinnaker I looked at a Hunter 25 yesterday and my first impression was that it was too small. I like to stick with my first impressions. I an shooting for 27-30+ range now. Still doesn't mean I will not buy a smaller boat to start on, just in terms of long term goals I am looking for larger.
03-29-2011 12:32 PM
IronSpinnaker Thanks for the offer, I would love to sail with you. I will warn that my experience with a sailing vessel is absent I understand some of the terminology and that is about it. Better to start late than never.

I have been calling around trying to get pricing on slips/moorings. I like to have a good idea of expenses prior to starting any venture. My wife likes to have a good idea on them as well. Slips are high and mooring, so far, seem to be non-existent within an hr drive of me. Keep looking I guess. I have no intentions of putting money on a boat before fall anyway. I may have to consider something trailerable to start.
03-29-2011 09:32 AM
WanderingStar Sounds like a great plan. Welcome aboard from a fellow CG vet (though I was in 81-87). Knowing boats and seamanship is a great start. I'm right across the Sound, sailing from Mount Sinai. Come over sometime, I'll get you at the ferry, you can sail on my ketch.
03-28-2011 03:03 PM
From Connecticut USA

This is my introductory post. I am completely new to sailing, my experience in sailing is limited to a sunfish one summer as a teenager. I am not new to boating however. My grandfather was a commercial clammer and I spent a lot of time on his boats as a kid. I have also owned a few outboards and did a stent in the Coast Guard in the late 90s. I love the water and I love boats, I have always had an interest in sailboats, just never got around to learning to sail.

So my long term plan is to own my own boat. (probably not this season) For now I plan to do a lot of reading here and learn as much as I can and also need to get out and maybe help crew a boat to get my feet wet. I need to investigate all the costs of keeping a boat, like slip fees, haul in and out, storage etc before buying my own.

Eventually I want a boat that is big enough to do some blue water sailing and I want to be able to fish from it as well. I have been looking around at boats in the 25-30' range and in the 3-7 K price range. I will probably start in the lower end for a few seasons and then upgrade. Any advice is appreciated and if anybody has a needs a crew member in the Bridgeport CT area I would love the opportunity... even if it requires some scraping and painting first.

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