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Hello Everyone,

I am new to sailing and am interested in buying a used sail boat. I'd like to get something that I would want to keep for a few years. I will be sailing in the Carolina sounds. Mostly handling the boat alone. Since these sounds could get fairly shallow I am leaning toward a boat with a 4' max draft, like a Catalina or Hunter 28, manufactured around 1990 - 1995.

Can someone tell me what kind of yearly expenses are invloved with owning a boat this size? I am interested in any expense one can think of. For example: average monthly cost of marina, electric, cleaning the bottom, bottom paint, bearing and shaft seal inspection or replacement, sails etc...

I am planning to keep the boat in water all year around, only hauling her out for repairs, cleaning and or inspections.
The boat would have the following options: Head with holding tank, shower with hot water, inboard diesel engine (10hp - 15hp), 110V and 12 V electic and cooking apparatus (gas or alchohol). Sails: Roller furling genoa, steering: wheel steering.
Any "must have options" I should look for?

I am planning to use the boat fairly regularly, 2-3 days a month minimum.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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