these are all great posts! ....well said and have stopped me from doing something dumb also!
05-16-2009 11:38 AM
As Cardiacpaul said 10k is chump change and i am going at getting it right at a slow pace
05-16-2009 11:18 AM
I'll break it down for you:
a) If you don't have the money to get on a plane or rent a car to go look at this boat you can't afford the boat. Not only can you not afford this boat - you can't afford any boat right now.
b) If you buy that boat it will cost you an absolute minimum of ten thousand dollars to make it seaworthy - and probably over twenty.
c) Once the boat IS seaworthy (if ever), you need at least a couple of thousand a year to keep it floating.
d) If you save the money that you have now for another year or two and add to it, you will be able to buy a boat that is worth owning.
05-15-2009 03:34 AM
If you want the boat for sailing forget this one. If you want the boat to work in your garden, buy this one. You will be able to learn how to repair a boat (do not forget to make a list of your expenditures).
A "cosmetic" osmosis is osmosis. The boat will start to disentigrate very soon.
05-15-2009 02:43 AM
You should go back to school for more learning IF you still waste the time and money on even seeing this wreck of a J/24. After all the experienced sailors online have remarked on the worthless condition of your prospective boat? Why would you even waste the time to travel 300 miles to inspect it?
They have all counseled you with honesty and compassion. You will undoubtedly make many more bad decisions in your future life. Don't ad the purchase of this lousy sailboat be another bad decision. Heed the advice of more learned sailors than yourself.
You will be glad you disregard this boat. It is your decision and yours alone. Let's see if college has placed any knowledge into your cranium. Think first about having it now versus waiting to find a better deal on a good J/24.
Good luck in your decision.
05-15-2009 12:20 AM
Keep looking the market is in your favor. When I was younger I managed a yard that sold J-boats. I have done many bulkhead jobs on j-24s not too bad to do. Even recoring is not to bad. J-boats are very simple to maintain and make go fast. I did all the prep, rigging, fairing, Awlgrip on Charlie Scott's J27 that won the MORC nationals also the J41 that he won SORC with.
05-13-2009 07:42 PM
Still contemplating taking the drive. Ill update as needed
05-12-2009 09:35 AM
So, did you buy it?
05-06-2009 03:23 PM
Originally Posted by mooseoftoose
I'm so persistant because I simply want to get on the water with something I can hopefully race in the future.
I hear ya, but trust all of the posters who are describing how much time and money it will cost you to get that thing in the water and sailing, don't even think about being competitive.
For my two cents worth, I'd suggest finding a dingy fleet that races near you. Laser, Albacore, whatever... You should have no trouble finding one under your $2000 budget that will be able to give you that instant gratification of getting you out on the water *now*.
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