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  1. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Here's an idea that's crazy enough that it just might work. However, not without that insights of this invaluable community of sailors. After seeing photos of piles of yachts in the Caribbean islands, it quickly occurred to me that in just a few weeks, all of these boats would be totaled and...
  2. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    I see so little on this subject and it has such a huge impact on boating that I just felt we should open up some dialog on the subject. Now I will be open about this from the start, I don't think much of the marine survey industry on a whole specifically when it comes to smaller pleasure...
  3. General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi westcoasters - Three regionally-related questions - let me know if I should split them up or post elsewhere, pls. First - wondering if someone might be able to lay eyes on a boat in Liberty Bay Marina for me? Happy to pay for gas and time if you're close. I'm eager to have opinions and/or...
  4. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    My wife and I just bought our first sailboat (CS 36 Merlin) sight unseen in the British Virgin Islands. God only knows why, but we decided that we ought to put our budding young careers on hold and go bob around the Caribbean for a year or two. Since both buying a boat sight unseen and quitting...
  5. General Discussion (sailing related)
    I have been looking at boats around St Joe, Mi but am wondering if I would be better off buying after I get to Tampa. I'm looking at 35'-40' with around 5' draft. Fell in love with a 1988 Morris 36 but didn't like the price.
  6. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    All, I created a tool to help me in my sailboat search and I thought I'd share it with you all: sailboatlocator.com (sorry can't post link because this is my first post). It runs on a fairly small server and it's still in beta so I'm not sure what will happen if it gets heavier traffic but I...
  7. General Discussion (sailing related)
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  8. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Hi all, The joy and nerves of purchasing one's first boat are upon me. I've gone from pining for a boat from my "dream list", all of which are very much out of my price range, to shopping for something I can afford now. Enter the Bristols: from what I have read, they came from a respected yard...
  9. General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello, My name is Chris and I am an unlimited tonnage marine engineer looking to live-aboard. I am starting my search for a 50-100' sailboat, in the need of some TLC. I want to be able to sail the east coast and beyond with my girlfriend, and one day small family. I have some sailing (far-40s...
  10. Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
    Hello, My name is Chris and I am an unlimited tonnage marine engineer looking to live on something a little smaller. I am starting my search for a 50-100' sailboat, in the need of some TLC. I want to be able to sail the east coast and beyond with my girlfriend, and one day small family. I have...
  11. Alberg
    Im a green horn sailer looking to buy a classic daysailer. I love the large cockpit of the Pearson Commander and the classic lines of the Ensign. My goals are: Stable boat when it blows Large cockpit As much head room as possible for the head (port-a-poty) LOA 28 max Beam 9 Max (due to current...
  12. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Here is a true-to-life case to consider, if you don't want the details the question is in the topic: If you have to buy a boat unseen because you don't have the opportunity to travel to a different continent to check it out - what are the major pitfalls, and how can you best avoid them...
  13. Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    My offer was accepted the other day on a 43' 1978 Gulfstar Mark II center cockpit ketch rig. Planning to live aboard and sail for the next couple years here in NH and then head for warmer climates! I'm scrambling a bit to line up a surveyor within the acceptance period. I obtained a survey...
  14. Gear & Maintenance
    I'm looking to buy a '78 Catalina 30 that appears to have some issues with the non-skid. I'm trying to get an idea of how extensive the fix may be. Is it a basic new non-skid application or even more significant top-side work? Has anyone seen something like this and can offer some advice...
  15. Boat Buyers & Sellers Forum
    Hi i'm new here. I have a Wharram Tiki 30 in Hualtuco. I have a buyer and want to explain to him the procedure of the transaction. So for I have contacted an escrow company that the major brokers use. They say they can complete the transaction but believe that a broker may be needed. Anyone have...
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