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05-29-2012 01:18 AM
nwsaildude
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

You can double check the safety equipment list and request a free vessel exam by the CG Auxiliary or Power Squadron here: National Department of Vessel Safety Checks Free Safety Checks For Your Boat

They will make sure you have the proper State and Federal equipment. If your boat does not pass they just give you a list of what they found wrong (or missing) and you give them a call when things are fixed - it is not an enforcement so if your boat does not pass you can't get a ticket nor are an law enforcement types told about the inspection. A great way to have a second set of eyes look at your equipment. They should also give you some handouts on State and Federal booklets as well as answer general boating questions for you.

When I have friends that are new to sailing I get them the U.S. Sailing book "Basic Keelboat" great starting book.

Good luck & welcome to sailing.
05-24-2012 08:54 AM
Romario
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

So, the inspection didn't find anything majorly bad, I am a proud owner of O'Day 30

Looks like I would need flares since they are not there, also the depth meter doesn't work, so I would need a new one. There are other small things, the sail is old, but otherwise it's in ok condition.

The seller will paint and wax the boat, so I hope I would start sailing soon!
05-21-2012 03:44 PM
Romario
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by arf145 View Post
What you want to worry about with an older boat is how it has been maintained, who owned it, and what its history has been. These will be the main differentiators 20 years + down the road.
This one had only one owner and he is selling it now. It seems to be in decent shape and it looks like it was used by the owner regularly, I think that's a good sign. Otherwise waiting for the inspection on Tuesday.
05-21-2012 03:42 PM
Romario
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ninefingers View Post
Just remember, "if it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there". I would at least hire a certified instructor for 3 or 4 lessons of 3 hours each on your boat. Really, if nothing else, it will save you the shame of learning to dock a 30 footer on your own.
That's what I want to do, hire someone to help or take someone knowledgeable.
05-21-2012 11:03 AM
arf145
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

No worries about buying a boat whose maker is out of business, really. If you are buying a boat made before say 1989, there's a good chance the maker is gone. Many, many went out of business in the late 80s. Luckily, most of the equipment on a boat is standard, made by third party companies. So it's more like buying a bike, where the frame is special and made by the company whose name is on the bike, but the brakes, sprockets, wheels etc. are made by a few companies who supply all bikes.

What you want to worry about with an older boat is how it has been maintained, who owned it, and what its history has been. These will be the main differentiators 20 years + down the road.
05-20-2012 01:56 PM
Dread Pirate
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Sounds like you are jumping in with both feet and will soon be in over your head...same way I did about 7 years ago! Although some may call it crazy, I call it passion.

I committed to two years living onboard and I had never really sailed before (other than a 15' cat). The first boat i made an offer on was scrubbed by the survey. I lost a few hundred in the deal but learned...ALWAYS GET A SURVEY!

Bottomline: I love the life style and would not turn back. BTW the second boat and one I settled on was an O'Day 40 and I have been quite pleased.
05-20-2012 11:38 AM
Ninefingers
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Just remember, "if it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there". I would at least hire a certified instructor for 3 or 4 lessons of 3 hours each on your boat. Really, if nothing else, it will save you the shame of learning to dock a 30 footer on your own.
05-20-2012 09:32 AM
Romario
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Well, the other guys had 2 day courses in sailing and have deckhand certificate

And we plan to hire or ask someone for help for the first several times we go out.

I tried to find a similar boat on craigslist and found the same one. The guy wanted 15.5k there, so I think 12.9 is ok price, we actually went down a bit and made an offer. So, pending inspection I'll be the boat owner pretty soon.

I'll check out the books on sailing - any other good ones other then sailing for dummies?
05-19-2012 08:10 PM
BCC1
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

I've no experience buying used boats, but i do know about getting into sailing with no experience.

Take a boating class, so you learn the 'rules of the road'.

Think about writing a brief document that explains how the boat buying partners would unwind.

I'd suggest buying the newest, best maintained 30'+ boat you can afford.

You've crewed. That's good. Buy a sailing book. Something like: Sailing for Dummies.

Hire a captain to accompany you from where it is, to where you'll keep it. Hopefully an overnight trip away. Get him to show you how to operate the boat's systems and offer sailing advice.

Regarding marinas....my advice is to find an inexpensive yacht club that has reciprocity with others. Picking up a mooring ball and visiting other clubs is tons of fun.

Sailing is fantastic on Long Island Sound. Have fun.
05-19-2012 06:29 PM
olson34
Re: Thinking of buying a new boat

Seems I read somewhere that you will spend about 10% of the purchase price per year for maintenance, at least at first.
Anything you buy that's older than a decade will have "deferred maintenance" and the stuff that the prior owner did not do will usually be the higher-priced repairs or upgrades..............

Sailing is a whole lifestyle, and we have loved it and lived it for going on four decades. But like all "lifestyles" it has its costs as well as some wonderful benefits.

And DO pay attention to the advice to buy a smaller boat for the first year or two. Tens of thousands of owners and crew/families have started out on something like a Catalina 22. They often have local fleets to learn from and even become social with.

LB

ps: romario, please do fill in some of your blank bio. At least your location.
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