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04-10-2008 12:44 AM
SimonV Welcome aboard Pat. Make sure you have a life preserver it helps to keep your head above water around here, so don't be afraid to jump in.
04-09-2008 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by Booda View Post
Thanks for all the replies.

Slips are hard to come by, already looking into that, but they can be found.
That's why I was wondering how big your PB was, finding a slip is 2/3rds the battle.

If SD is not to far for ya, the Shelter Island area Marinas are pretty cool with a good turn over and close access to open water
04-09-2008 05:03 PM
buckeyesailor Welcome aboard Pat.........I think you're gonna like it here.....

Inga........I think I like the cut of your Jib.......we should chat sometime..
04-09-2008 03:50 PM
Booda Thanks for all the replies.

My Girlfriend and I have been together for 12 years, lived together for 10, we live in her house, so she has a say in everything and that is good, we are a team.

I love California, I grew up here, fishing, Diving, Boating. The weather is great and when you get away from shore, it isn't that crowded.

We have a 26 foot Cabin Crusier, it is a little small, I think we have out grown it after 7 years and with the price of gas, looking for something a little larger and maybe with a little more range, definitely going to other Channel Islands is a possibily and different local Harbors, Mexico is a possibility but I'm not sure about that. Slips are hard to come by, already looking into that, but they can be found.

Got a couple of calls on my Power Boat for sale, it is tough right now with the price of gas and the uncertainity of the economy but I priced it to sell, it was my first boat that I kept in the water, I learned a lot from it, it was a fixer upper, so I know a little about what to look for and expect.

We have looked at a few Boats:

32' Islander (very clean, well equiped)
34' Cal (neglected, pretty beat up)
30' Erickson (also well equiped, pretty clean)
34' Catalina (Nice, had everything)
32' Gulf (Well Equiped, but it had some problems)
32' Bayfield (Nice Boat, Well equiped)
35' Cal (Nice big boat, wasn't well equip and needed some work)

As you can see we are looking at a range of boats and sizes to get an idea what is out there.

So, the search continues.

04-09-2008 03:18 PM
poopdeckpappy Welcome Booda, can't add much to whats already been said about the sailing and ( I'm sure you are already aware of the ) marine life in the So. Ca. waters.

How big is your PB, is it in the 30 - 40 ft range ??
04-09-2008 02:28 PM
T34C Welcome to the looney bin. Don't forget to buckle-up.
04-09-2008 02:07 PM
AjariBonten Isn't that the same Inge that trapped Governor Spitzer??????????

Look out Booda, Our favorite Port-a-gee fisherma is trolling for your photo!


Welcome aboard
04-09-2008 01:37 PM
Giulietta Halo..mine namen ist Inga ich am of Sweden...

Ich liebe man in power boot,,,canz you postz photz?? Bite??

Mine Engrish ist nicht very good..I am lonely woman.ya??

Ich Love World peace, und friendship, und trees, und crazy sex...

..nicht forget your photoz

04-09-2008 01:32 PM
djodenda Welcome, Booda!

(I'm not sure I should say that out loud)

I sailed the Southern California waters in the 80s.. ( In fact, a trip aboard a friend's Cal 2-24 to Catalina was the reason I decided to move there!)

The winds are mostly gentle and consistent, and the sea life sure is great. I had many greetings from dolphins, was harassed by a sea lion, and stalked by sharks. I also had a gray whale surface 50 feet off my transom.

I think that once you get your boat, you'll get to see so much more as you will be traveling slower. It's just a wonderful place to sail. And, eventually, you'll get used to being stalked by sharks.

I think that your boat purchase decision may be dependent on what size slip you can get. I understand it's still pretty crowded and expensive there.

I'll bet some of the locals will chime in on what the best way is to get a slip. When I bought my boat in Marina Del Rey, the slip was transferrable to me, which was critical, as I planned to be a "sneak-aboard".

At any rate, welcome, and we are glad to have you!
04-09-2008 12:30 PM
sailingdog Welcome to sailnet. Please read the post in my sig to get the most out of your time here.

The best advice I've seen on buying a boat is that the "PRIMARY USE IS PRIMARY". That means, if you're going to be using the boat as a couple 90% of the time and inviting guests aboard for week or two every third month...then get a boat that is best suited to you two as a couple and figure out how to fit the guests as needed rather than buying a boat that is suited to you and your guests but will be too big for you most of the time. Also, don't buy a boat you don't love...

Does your girlfriend understand that a larger boat is often much more expensive to maintain and own than a smaller boat. The cost of ownership and maintenance doubles with every additional 10' in length or so. IMHO, if she were your wife and having to help pay for the boat, her say would hold a lot more weight in my book...but she's a girlfriend, and you don't say whether she'll be contributing to the new boat or not.

What are your future sailing plans?? What is your budget??? How much sailing experience do you have??? How much skill at maintaining and repairing a sailboat do you have?? All of these will have an effect on what boats are probably good choices.

If you're planning on just coastal cruising... buying any of the 30-35' coastal cruisers would probably be just fine. If your future plans include some bluewater passages, then you might want something a bit more robustly built.
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