Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Tennessee, USA
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Re: Want to Purchase by Fall 2018
My advice would be to buy a boat that costs 20K max. That will limit your risk and give you extra cushion for unexpected expenses (you can definitely expect them).
As to the choice of the boat: C&C had a lot of good boats so it is a good start but I would spend as much time as possible looking at boats in real life. They do look different up close. It's a buyers market for used sailboats these days so you can afford to be picky.
And last thing: DON"T BUY A PROJECT BOAT.
You will spend too much time and money fixing it. There are plenty of decent boats out there.
I will definitely keep your budget advice in mind, however, I can promise you here, and now that I will not
buy a project boat.