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03-26-2009 01:12 PM
merc2dogs A lot of times it seems to depend on the type of insurance you want.

A while ago I ran two insurance quotes on the same boat, one with agreed value, and one with full replacement etc. They only required a survey for the full replacement policy. There is a cutoff point for agreed value too, but it appears to be at the $10,000 mark. Which would seem to be about the right value for many 'first' boats anyway, so it works out well.
Personally I feel that if I'm in the position to say I wish I had more coverage, I'm actually in good shape.

Ken.
03-26-2009 12:12 PM
erps I bought our first two boats without surveys and we were able to get liability insurance for them. As the boats increased in value, the insurance companies started requiring surveys. I don't know where the cut off point is though.
03-26-2009 11:40 AM
SSBN506
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Northocean, it sounds like fun, do it. I would not get a survey on a cheap boat, it isn't worth it.
Bilkoxi, get a rowboat. There are plenty of aluminum skiffs around, durable, light, stable. Get one of the smaller ones so you can row it. Capacities are listed in the boat. Rowing is easy with a little practice, oars are cheap and require no fuel or repair.
In Canada you have to get survey for insurance, is this not the case in the USA. I don't know if it is against the law not to have it like cars though. I know to be a member of my yacht club and store the boat i have to have liability insurance but can you get that without an inspection?
03-26-2009 11:34 AM
WanderingStar Northocean, it sounds like fun, do it. I would not get a survey on a cheap boat, it isn't worth it.
Bilkoxi, get a rowboat. There are plenty of aluminum skiffs around, durable, light, stable. Get one of the smaller ones so you can row it. Capacities are listed in the boat. Rowing is easy with a little practice, oars are cheap and require no fuel or repair.
03-25-2009 05:35 PM
erps There have been some articles in 'Lectronic Lattitude" about an Islander 36 over in Europe that has been bought and sold once or twice now for a low price by people who just go over there to cruise a short period and then pass on the boat for the next opportunity. As long as you can find a boat that you won't always be fixin', you have a good chance of having a lot of fun for not too much money.
03-25-2009 05:31 PM
SOUNDBOUNDER My first boat was a Bristol 24 that I paid around a thousand bucks for.
I went all over Long Island Sound in that boat after one season of fixing it up, and using it on a limited basis.
03-25-2009 05:30 PM
JohnRPollard
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Originally Posted by biloxijes View Post
Hi
I just bought a Catalina 27, 1982 vintage but restored with recent (40 hrs since OH). I am on MS gulfcoast and plan to go south, off shore and Intercoastal to about keywest and return.
I need a skiff for me (245lbs) and the wife, some bit lighter. I dare not mention her weight Ha Ha.

What do you crusiers recommend. A rubber dinghey or alum skiff about 14 ft with small outboard say a 6 hp? I am shopping and have only about $1000 left to spend on dinghey.

biloxijes

P.S. I will be towing. No lifts or davits.
Hi, Welcome to Sailnet, and congrats on your new boat!

May I suggest that you start a new thread to discuss this dinghy issue? I think your question will get lost in this thread and you may not get the answers/advice you're hoping for. Good luck!
03-25-2009 05:26 PM
northoceanbeach I was thinking of buying something like a cal20 in portland oregon for like maybe 1500. I bought a cal20 here in Honolulu for 1600 and had a lot of fun with that.

Then for about 2 months I could sail as far up the Columbia Gorge as I can, exploring the towns which are supposed to abe a blast in summer like the dalles and hood river, and then turn around and go to Astoria, anchoring at alot of little islands and checking out the channels and rivers along the way.

It seems like a good first cruise. Some navigation, but you're on a river, so it's not too bad. Plenty of towns along the way to restock and refuel, but also good nature, so I can hike and stuff.
03-25-2009 03:14 PM
SSBN506 Don't forget to get it surveyed before you buy. Even a free boat should be surveyed. Insurance will make you do it anyway might as well do it beforehand and get the option to walk away.
03-25-2009 03:06 PM
biloxijes
New to crusing

Hi
I just bought a Catalina 27, 1982 vintage but restored with recent (40 hrs since OH). I am on MS gulfcoast and plan to go south, off shore and Intercoastal to about keywest and return.
I need a skiff for me (245lbs) and the wife, some bit lighter. I dare not mention her weight Ha Ha.

What do you crusiers recommend. A rubber dinghey or alum skiff about 14 ft with small outboard say a 6 hp? I am shopping and have only about $1000 left to spend on dinghey.

biloxijes

P.S. I will be towing. No lifts or davits.
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