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08-03-2011 11:17 AM
Jorge_Cast Thank you for the advice Cptken. I will definitely check out those spots this weekend and see if I can get some hours in before I make the jump
08-03-2011 11:03 AM
Cptken There is a huge difference between living aboard and camping aboard. I was an eagle scout, I still enjoy camping, occasionally, not 24/7. As you get your budget figured out, start making a list of your needs and wants. Also make a list of don't wants. Prioritize your lists then start looking. Don't want to discourage you, but it took me over 2 years to find the right boat. Having the lists and knowing what can be afforded, makes culling out the maybe's from the chaff pretty easy. If you don't have much time on the water hang out at the local yacht clubs looking for rides. Old Point Comfort YC has an active racing group, the Catalina 30 (really all Catalina) group in Norfolk is very active. Couple more busy marinas in Hampton. It really takes a while, sailing on different boats to figure out what is good for you. Another thought. When I lived aboard (extended out of town work), I probably went sailing about once a month. It was just too much work to make the boat sailable. Now that I'm back at home I'm sailing almost every weekend.
08-02-2011 03:10 PM
chuck53 Once you know exactly where you stand financially, come back and you will get lots of advice as to a good boat that will fit your needs and budget.
There are others here on sailnet looking to do the same thing you are. Read their posts to see what steps they are following to fullfill their dream.
I've exchanged a number of emails with veprjack who is looking for a boat about in the same size and price range as you. Check out some of his postings. He may have already covered some ground that you haven't thought of.
08-02-2011 02:55 PM
Jorge_Cast Thanks for all your help! Also, yes I have taken the boating safety class.
08-02-2011 02:42 PM
chuck53 One other thing...have you taken the required boating safety class?
08-02-2011 02:39 PM
chuck53 Before you start looking for boats, get a handle on your finances. How much down payment can you afford? Talk to some lenders to find out what your monthly cost will be and how much down they will require. How many years are you willing to finance and the lender will agree to?
Before you buy, make sure there is an affordable (and conveient) slip available. Some marinas may have a waiting list.
Find out the property tax rate in the jurisdiction you want to keep your boat in.
08-02-2011 02:25 PM
Jorge_Cast I would like these things of course, but they aren't deal breakers. The marinas I have found have decent amenities. Refrigeration would be nice. A/C and Heat are a necessity but am not opposed to just having a portable unit as I only have a window unit in my apartment now.

Realistically, what should I be looking at for a price range? I would like to keep my expenses (financing, slip fees, insurance) to under $900 a month. Is this an achievable goal?
08-02-2011 02:12 PM
chuck53 Have you thought about heat and AC? Are you going to cook onboard? Are you going to store cold and frozen food onboard? Do you want hot water?
A lot of boats don't have heat or AC? A lot of boats may only have an alcohol stove. OK for occasional use but I don't think you want that for full time use.
A lot of boats only have an ice box with no refrigeration. A lot of boats don't have water heaters.

How important are these things to you?
08-02-2011 02:01 PM
Jorge_Cast Thanks for the reply.

I am looking at between 28-35ft. To be honest, I haven't found anything that has caught my eye yet. As for what is important to me- I don't need many amenities. A little head room (I am 6'2'') is about it. I'd eventually like to take it cruising up and down the east coast after some time fixing it up. It would just be me aboard. I plan on keeping it in Norfolk and have seen some slips for between $8-12 a foot. I have a little money put aside and currently spend $1000 on my apartment and feel that should be able to cover my boat finance, insurance and slip with extra left over for maintenance and upkeep. Does this sound feasible?
08-02-2011 01:55 PM
chuck53 You need to give us some details. What size range are you looking at? What have you looked at that has caught your eye?
What's important to you - live aboard amenities or good cruising capabilities or some kind of compromise of the two?
Just you living on board?
Where do you plan to keep it? Your budget is on the low side - have you factored in slip rent, taxes, insurance, maintenance?
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