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03-18-2012 09:52 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

If I were in your shoes, I would take the courses (and drive the instructors crazy with questions) and then do two things:
First, find a time share or rental boat program that has boats in the 22-25 foot range that don't require more than a season's committment.
Two, find out when the weekly races take place and go down to the docks and solicit a ride. Check with the sailing clubs and volunteer through them. You would be surprised how many old farts need crew.
I know that racing can be fast, furious and overwhelming, but with the ASA training and a few weeks time you can put it all together.
You really don't need to own anything until you can gauge what your first boat should be, its expenses, and your ability to use and care for it.
I think a lot of the people here started out as kids with some kind of boat with a stick up in the air and learned from their parents of from hard knocks.
Very few people jump into boat ownership and become successful sailors all in one fell swoop. Learning to sail and living aboard are two different things and the latter can get in the way of the former. So set your self a game plan: The ASA programs, crewing, renting, maybe chartering for a couple of weeks and then if live aboard is still the thing, then buy a boat with those needs in mind.
Have fun with your new adiction,
03-18-2012 09:21 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Trailering allows you to go lotsa' places difficult to sail to. Saves cost of doing repairs in water. An in a hurricane area I'd think you'd have better peace of mind. unless you're in the Keys it seems like a spot should be findable. When I was in an apartment I asked and it was ok to keep it in an unused space. Zoninig rules often require more spaces than get used.
03-18-2012 09:12 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

you guys need what I have, a trailersailor.

macgregor being one of the better varieties of these, IMHO. they made many models, including the powersailor models of the last 15 years.

budget? for 1500-5000 you can find a lot of boats. condition is everything. check keel bolts especially.

I have a 1988 26D macgregor. big little boat.

how about a mooring? and a dingy, that's usually 1/3 the cost of a slip. then you could go much bigger.

03-18-2012 08:27 PM
Realm333 Haha Sam I thought it was pretty funny good luck with your search keep me posted on what you find. I too am looking to liveaboard in time once I learn the ropes of sailing. Thanks everyone for your input I have spent the weekend going to many marinas and I have found a lot of information, also I found a cape dory 22 in very good shape and the owner has it on a trailer at the marina dry lots which I found out that you can keep your boat there for a lot less than let's say a boat slip. I think ill keep looking to see what other options are avaliable.
03-18-2012 08:16 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Hey Kevin,
I'm in the same boat...haha ok not funny. I'm wanting to get into sailing and live aboard. I don't have a boat. I'm looking to rent a live aboard in the Victoria, BC, to start with. I'm going to follow along with the post and learn what I can. If anyone has any advice re finding a sailboat to rent, I'd greatly appreciate it.

03-17-2012 12:23 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Look at Craigslist for your area you might find a cheap slip there. BUT IMHO anything that is close to the ocean is going to cost $200 + pm.

Dry sailing it of a trailor is the cheapest way to go for 15 to 22ft.

Why not think about something smaller that you could carry on your roof?
03-16-2012 08:27 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

I know this is not the norm but our marina has several vehicles they offer their land storage customers to use to put their boats in and out of the water. maybe there are a few marinas in your area that do the same.
03-16-2012 04:34 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Many marinas have places to park trailered boats. Or, there are storage lots / boat yards, etc. that allow trailered boats. Disadvantage of the trailer is the need to have a vehicle capable of hauling the trailer.

Will restate that you will not want to leave your boat anchored. Mooring your boat on a mooring is not the same as anchoring. Mooring is an option, but anchoring is not really a long-term option.
03-16-2012 04:22 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Also i will be working 5 days a week but i will be able to stop buy during lunch hour or after work to check on her but i will be spending my weekends sailing. Im still a little bit errie about mourning though since i will not be permantly living aboard
03-16-2012 04:18 PM
Re: New and in need of advise.

Thanks i have been thinking about trailering it but i live in an appartment complex so there isnt any place i could keep it but i was wondering if it is possible to rent a dry slip or something were i can keep the boat on the trailer and whenever i want to use her just pull my truck up and were off but i doubt there are places like that
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