Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Hampshire
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Re: Analysis Paralysis - The fear of buying
1. Consider how you'll REALLY use the boat. I had visions of 5 day cruises... entering year 4 we have yet to overnight anywhere but the mooring... we have found daysailing is really our preferred use as it is easier to entertain guests (on a 60s vintage 28-footer, there are no secrets below when using the head and everyone else is also below). This helps inform whether cockpit comforts take precedence over interior.
2. While most interior considerations are about how many it'll sleep, I think the head (privacy and roominess) and galley may be more important.
3. You mentioned teenage daughters. I've had several friends whose teenagers (esp. daughters) felt a weekend on a boat with parents was purgatory.
4. Some own a boat just to sail and view upgrades and maintenance as a chore. Others like the tinkering and maintenance. Consider what you'll enjoy and will work for your family. For me, I look forward to a day alone staying on the mooring doing fixit projects as much as I enjoy a day sailing. Your preferences will inform whether you should seek a sail-away boat or one with some work needed.
4b. If you're inclined to do work yourself, the cost of ownership can be greatly reduced. New standing rigging from a rigger would have been $5K for my boat, but I did it myself with Sta-Loks and all new materials for under $2.5K. A completely new 12-volt electrical system with 15 circuits cost me under $700... I'd guess it would have been over $2K if I hired someone. Your sweat will save money.