Join Date: Dec 2008
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Re: Analysis Paralysis - The fear of buying
Don't over analyze the situation. All boats are compromises so there is no best boat. Get one that you like, especially the design and layout, not because it was a good bargain. Most important, get one that you can sail (enjoy) from the start without doing lots of work so there is immediate "return on your investment":. If you've got to do a lot of repairs before you can use it, there's a good chance you might get to hate it. If you are not sure about what you are doing, get the opinions of some other experienced sailors. Surveys are expensive and if you get one, do it after you've decided you are going to take the boat unless survey shows some major problem (survey on older boat is likely to show some minor issues on an older boat). There is no perfect/ best boat, and most of us wouldn't recognize it if we saw one. If you decide you don't like it, you can sell it and get most of your money back in time....just don't buy a boat and cobble it up with amateur "upgrades" and repairs.