Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Overland Park, KS
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Looking for our next boat, I just want to chat
My wife and I have never stepped foot a boat, we want to quit our jobs and sail around the world. What boat should we buy?
JUST kidding….I am about the opposite of that as you can get. I was just about born on a powerboat (boating on inland lakes and Lake Huron every since). Decided to make the switch to a sailboat about four years ago. Since that time. I’ve read most every post related to sailboat buying and ownership at sailnet. I bought most of the books I have seen recommended here on the subject. I’ve taken ASA classes 101, 103 & 104. I bought Chrysler Buccaneer 18. I sail & race on it all I can. I’ve sailed on a wide variety of keelboats since too….
After all that rambling here’s what I want to chat about. We are house shopping in Virginia for a home on the Chessy and a sailboat to go with it. My first thought about boating in the Bay was. We’d be day sailing as much as possible and 3 or 4 times a season doing one to two weeks of sailing up and down checking out every town we could. I was thinking a 40’+ boat with 100K or more as all in budget.
House hunting has been more of a challenge than we ever imagined. And having now sailed on the bay a few times with my wife. I'm doubting we’ll ever spend more than few nights a season on the boat. That has me thinking about looking at a boat more in low 30’ range about half the budget. Then charting a larger boat for those few extended trips. I’d love to get some feedback on that change.
Also, what will 50K get in the way of good sound day sailor for the bay? What specifics boats to look for? I hate to says it but it needs to pretty easy to sail with in-mast boom or mast mainsail furling, a furling jib. The other requirement shallow draft (unless we really get lucky and find a home with 6’ or more MLW)
Chrysler Buccaneer 18
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