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Re: New to sailing

Scott I'm sure that Denise meant no offense.. you did kinda set the tone in your OP.

Take a deep breath. Plenty of good people and advice on this forum. You are very early in this game as you yourself have said. Lots to absorb, once you learn more then perhaps you can properly separate the wheat from the chaff.


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Welcome aboard, Scott! From my perspecive:
I never get tired of sailing.
I am really tired of fixing my boat, but that's an ongoing necessity regardless of year, type, condition...

Good luck hope you find a boat that fits and get sailing soon!
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Re: New to sailing

Scott, I'd like to second Capta"s reply. The thing about projects boats is that they can take up sooo much time and resources. That's great. I've done a few too. However, before that commitment, you might want to take the time (consider this the first step of the project), figuring out what you like to do sailing. For example, the idea of cruising - my personal favorite sailing, by the way - has so many variations and types. And each of those variations has a set of boats that are best suited to it. In addition, each individual finds their own personal likes and dislikes. So before you start the project, study the end use that best fits you. How to do that? That's the fun part. Go sailing. Take some lessons. Go down to the docks and make friends. It's amazing how many people really want, and need, people to crew on their boats. Sail a bunch of different boats, with different people, and different situations. After a while you might find that your ideas of what you want, grow and change and finally you get some insight on what you really want.

By the way, a 35 to 40 foot boat is really pretty large. Depending on your needs and preferences, that might be a big project to start with. Also, the age question depends so much on different variables: what you like, the condition of the project at the start, how much money you have to spend, what your skill set is, etc. It's funny, some people just love a certain boat, and the next person just hates it. It's such a personal decision. Either way, I hope you continue to love sailing, and when the time is right, I hope you find the project boat that makes sense for both your head and your heart.
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Re: New to sailing

My first boat was a semi-project boat. It was small enough (22 feet) that I could teach myself basic boat maintenance without making my bank account weep if I really screwed up and was seaworthy enough to learn how to sail in between doing the work. It also gave me time to figure out if I really wanted a larger boat, what I wanted in a larger boat, and time to look for that larger boat while still sailing.

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I don't know what your budget, time commitment or sailing waters are, but get an older boat that does not need much work in the low 20ft range.

Sail it for a year and you will discover what you want/need then go get a boat that fits your desires.
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Re: New to sailing

Scott, I was about in your situation when I started looking at boats and exploring the cruising lifestyle. I can say...I did not buy a project boat, it had plenty ok with it and's overwhelming. If you are looking at projects, you are most certainly looking at soft spots on the deck, chain plates that need replacing, standing rigging, stuff that is SERIOUSLY expensive and a bit overwhelming to replace. The advice you're getting (even from Denise) is good advice with your best interest in mind. And there is a real fine line between a "project boat" that is worth replacing, and one that is a hole in the water into which you throw money. There are boats that are FREE that aren't a good deal. Finding a good compromise takes lots of looking and sailing knowledge. Just go into it with open eyes. I'm so glad I was talked out of buying a project boat. I had these beautiful visions of long days working on my boat...I was going to re-do everything. When I got my boat, reality hit. I love her, I am so happy with her, and I'm also SO happy that I don't have more to fix before I actually start cruising. If you tell us your budget, end cruising goal (coastal hopping vs crossing oceans) and experience level, and what is important, you will get better responses and ultimately better advice.

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Re: New to sailing

Hi Scott,
We have a 1980 37C Hunter that we really like. We sailed her from North Carolina down to the USVI a year and a half ago. Getting a survey done is really essential. A good surveyor can let you know about any major work that needs to be done. It's not foolproof but can help let you know if there are any glaring inconsistencies. I think diverchick271 has some good thoughts too. Get the best boat for your money because even a well maintained boat will need lots of work over the years. But, that being said, enjoy the experience. Sailing gets in your blood that's for sure. We love living on our boat and look forward to doing more cruising in the future.


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The thing is, all boats of that age are projects. I'd suggest that you get the best-maintained example that you can afford. There'll still be plenty of things to work on, believe me, but there's a chance you'll get some sailing done in between.

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