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Re: Hey Guys Total Newbies Here (Down to to boats)
Enjoy your new home on the water...
1. Get real about major mechanical/ like the keel bolt, survey revealing any cracks in the hull, water leaking from the topside (a disaster), rudder & steerage, bad sails. Get the basics right: solid hull/ solid mast/ solid sails/ solid engine/ rudder/ standing rigging.
2. Less serious: after your purchase, and before you go crazy, sit down and BREATHE! Survey the boat yourself, or with an old hand, and write every problem down.... then prioritize them, and STOP DEAD IN YOUR TRACKS... don't spend a dime if it's not broken.
Next stop if the basics are already in order: STORM SAILS. Safety equipment. Save your own lives.
3. A good tender, and know when your fuel tanks were last cleaned out/ new filters for your engine.
4. Think very carefully about your prioritized fix-it list, give every item "you need" slow-brewed consideration.
Staying financially liquid for your (oh ****! it just broke) items, is far more important than jumping in and spending $$$ to make it perfect. If it's not broken... DON'T FIX IT! Wait... at least 6 months before you buy anything else... your perspective will undergo massive change in the next 6 months as you (really) come to know your boat.
Not so serious list:
1 Congratulate yourself. Throw parties. Invite friends... Don't invite any more friends after the parties. Love each other, and sleep in on the boat.
2 Plan your first real trip after 6 months aboard shaking her down... GO SOMEWHERE!
3 Go blind. Never look at another sailboat. It'll make you sick, and you'll keep chasing a dream of "bigger," or "better".
You've already bought Nirvana.... Have gratitude for your amazingly great fortune. Live what you bought. It is highly unlikely that you will ever be able to sell it. After you have a kid, your first thought should not be to put it up for adoption!!
You are incredibly fortunate... post this statement somewhere in your boat, and remind yourself of it.
Good dreams require maintenance...
4. Put a new carrot in front of you. Mission achieved! What's next?