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Before you do anything, you must find out where you will keep the boat. There is no point in finding the perfect boat at the perfect price and then finding you can't find a place to keep it.

Around here (north shore of Long Island) there are NO slips available. At least none for a reasonable price. There are moorings available: most harbors have mooring fields that the town manages and / or private companies. You can put a boat on a mooring today for a reasonable price and then get on a waiting list for a slip but it may take 5-10 years to get the slip.

So, I suggest finding a place to keep a boat, then start looking for a boat. Of course first you need to come up your boat buying budget, boat maintenance budget, and marina costs. Don't forget to include the cost of winter storage if the boat must be hauled out.

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