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Why does the whole process for buying a used sailboat have to be so tedious?

As long as I've been looking (years), I swear its exhausting.

Maybe my expectations are too high and I'm searching for something that just doesn't exist.
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Why does the whole process for buying a used sailboat have to be so tedious?

As long as I've been looking (years), I swear its exhausting.

Maybe my expectations are too high and I'm searching for something that just doesn't exist.
Your budget is too low or your expectations are too high. We just started looking for a new boat and three of the first five are candidates.

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Your budget is too low or your expectations are too high. We just started looking for a new boat and three of the first five are candidates.
Well my max is 70k, you mean to tell me I won't find anything, anywhere near what I'm looking for, for that kind'a dough?
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Well my max is 70k, you mean to tell me I won't find anything, anywhere near what I'm looking for, for that kind'a dough?
Lots of great boats under 70k which leads me to believe your expectations are a bit high if you have been looking for years.

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Maybe I should start looking up the north east of US and maybe even Canadian boats, all I've seen in person have been Florida boats.

It's just hard and expensive picking one that's a thousand miles or more away, one way.
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Why does the whole process for buying a used sailboat have to be so tedious?

As long as I've been looking (years), I swear its exhausting.

Maybe my expectations are too high and I'm searching for something that just doesn't exist.
I love shopping for boats, I even shop for boats when I'm not looking for a boat just in case I happen across something interesting/fun or flippable.

You can always buy something cheap that you can get your money back out of while you shop for the perfect boat.

I would rather have a $1000 boat than go boatless for years. Sounds stressful.

Most folks own more than one boat in their lives, the first boat is rarely the last boat.
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Well my max is 70k, you mean to tell me I won't find anything, anywhere near what I'm looking for, for that kind'a dough?
It depends on what you are looking for. Personally I would be over at ComPac ordering a new HorizonCat and have a boat on order in a heartbeat if I had a $70,000 budget. Then I'd have to figure out what to do with enough money left over to purchase a second one.
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Maybe I should start looking up the north east of US and maybe even Canadian boats, all I've seen in person have been Florida boats.

It's just hard and expensive picking one that's a thousand miles or more away, one way.
A Canadian fresh water boat will be far better than any Florida boat plus you have the advantage of a 30% discount with the Canadian dollarette. Give Trump anothe 12 months and you could have a 60% discount .... of course you will be out of work too by that time as we all spiral down the trade war toilet
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Buy a copy of this book https://www.amazon.com/Caseys-Comple...70_&dpSrc=srch

When looking at a boat have a checklist on clipboard and take pictures.

If planning a stay in a warm destination think about ventilation. My first cruising boat only had one hatch and it opened from the rear, [ not good] my current boat has 7 hatches all of which open from the front and 8 side portholes which open. [good]

If planning on having a professional survey done be aware that virtually all surveyors will not go up the mast or lay out the sails, rarely do they run the engine and test the gearbox.
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It depends on what you are looking for. Personally I would be over at ComPac ordering a new HorizonCat and have a boat on order in a heartbeat if I had a $70,000 budget. Then I'd have to figure out what to do with enough money left over to purchase a second one.
Well, my 'Max' is that much but I'd rather spend a lot less, giving me leeway for when I need to buy stuff it will most likely need, no matter how good its condition.
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