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07-15-2013 12:24 AM
jimgo
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

OK, so offering you a ride on my boat won't do you much good.
07-14-2013 12:00 PM
Jwood2
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

I am right outside of Detroit, mi. About 30 mins north
07-14-2013 12:49 AM
jimgo
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

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Originally Posted by Jwood2 View Post
Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
Did you tell us where you are located?
07-13-2013 06:13 PM
Unkle Toad
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

it seems to me depending on where you are waiting for spring would be waiting just long enough for the prices to come back up for the start of the season. around here in the PNW I think the best time is fall when people dont want to pay for storage on the off season.
07-13-2013 01:43 PM
sailpower
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

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Originally Posted by Jwood2 View Post
I am going to wait until next spring.. I never buy anything 'in season' or right before the season starts thats when prices of anything are at point..

Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
“Seasons” vary up and down the coast. The summer is the slow season in FL while the busiest further north. Vice versa in the winter.

Old 70’s boats are not going to depreciate much more unless they need a lot of work in which case they are not a deal anyway.
07-13-2013 01:33 PM
Jwood2
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

I am going to wait until next spring.. I never buy anything 'in season' or right before the season starts thats when prices of anything are at point..

Would it be possible to see if other members maybe in the area I can look at their set-ups to get a better idea about what would be good for me?
07-11-2013 04:46 PM
jameswilson29
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

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Originally Posted by Jwood2 View Post
I am looking into buying a sailboat, it would be my first one.
I am looking at buy a 1974 Tartan 30 30' that is in very good condition and has been taken care of and is listed for $9800, should I do it?. Any feedback or ideas?
You might want to wait. At the rate boat values are still dropping, that boat may be listed for half that price next Spring...
07-11-2013 04:18 PM
sailpower
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

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Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
You're talking about learning to drive on roughly the equivalent of an F250, and there is going to be a big learning curve there.
Don’t forget that lots of us of a certain age learned to drive on large, heavy rear wheel drive cars with no power steering, no power brakes and a manual column shifter! All in all much harder to drive than today’s F series truck! I say that from having owned a 1960 Impala as described and a 2002 F-350 with a 7.3 diesel.

To the OP, a 30 foot boat is not BIG. My first boat was 30’ and a year later I was in a 42 with hank-on sails. My first sail on the 42 was when I delivered it 125 miles from Boothbay, ME to Winthrop, MA with some non sailing friends as crew.

None of this is rocket science and with the information available today you should be fine.
07-09-2013 06:43 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

As long as you are not spending your life's savings on this boat, or if you are you at least know that when you get it you will be working to support your sailing habit from now on, then I say go for it, conditionally, but go for it.

The conditions that I would apply to the purchase are the survey, get survey done, be there with the surveyor and ask questions, you are paying him, so use that to your advantage. If the surveyor tells you all the stuff that is wrong with it and gives you a ballpark idea of what the repairs will cost and you are good with that, then you are going in with your eyes open. If you see that the boat is in decent condition for its age, and you jump in and buy it, knowing you sold your weekends and a lot of other "spare" time in trade for a future good time of sailing, then you are ready to jump in and own a sailboat. The Tartan is a very pretty boat, and from all reports a good one to own and sail.
07-09-2013 06:31 PM
JimMcGee
Re: Possibly buy a boat..

JWood I think you might be asking the wrong question.

Rather than "is the Tartan 30 a good boat" try "Is the Tartan 30 a good boat for me?"

These questions may help:
  • Where are you going to sail?
  • Do you have any sailing experience or are you new to it?
  • If new have you taken some courses or are you just taking the plunge?
  • Do you plan to sail by yourself (called single handing), with your wife/girlfriend or do you have kids?
  • Will you stay overnight on the boat? If yes at anchor, at the marina or both?
  • How good are you with tools, engines, electrical? Older boats, like older houses have lots of systems that need attention.
  • How's your budget? As others have said boats need attention and repairs, there are slip fees, insurance, bottom painting and winter storage if you're north of the snow line. All will probably be a bit more than you anticipate. With boats most costs are calculated based on the size of the boat.

If you can answer these folks here can give you an idea if this boat is a good choice for how you want to use her.

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Originally Posted by SHNOOL View Post
With little else to go on... YEAH! buy now... And please don't regret it, even if it costs you another $10k to get it all working and sorted. It'll be the most crazy stupid thing you can do, but you won't care when you sail it rail down and your bare feet up on the cockpit seats.
Beautifully said...

Best of luck whatever you decide.

Jim
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