I've read all the posts, here are my thoughts:
The CR310 is a nice, lightweight, performance boat. It will be fun to sail, it will sail fast in any direction in any weather
, if you know how to manage the sail plan. The runners will be important but you can live with that, Judy and I have done for 27 years. The nearly new or unused sails
are a good point, sails
However...The boat will not have much room for your stuff. 31 ft is small unless you are young, flexible, and adventursome, and willing to do without, and this will be a small 31footer. Secondly, it has been sitting with out much use for 11 years; expect nothing to work. Make SURE you get a good survey
, without fail.
My advice, and it has been said already in the thread, if you like the boat, make an offer, whatever you think you'd pay for it, see what happens, if the owner is offended and won't sell, there are other boats, many similar boats in fact, for good prices. But maybe your offer will be accepted, so buy it and sail around BC and Washington
waters for a couple of years and get to know the boat and sailing. It is a great place to cruise
, one of the best in the world. Go to Barkley Sound in July or August. Fantastic, but you will have fog
. So what? The oysters and salmon will make up for it.
Have fun, even race
a little, the camaraderie is wonderful. Most of all, sail it constantly, good weather
Then you will be in a much better position to know what you want.
Then I'd also say, and I know its not your plan, but save the $8000 shipping
and spend it on keeping the boat in Van. Later you can sail down the coast to Mexico
. There is nothing about the Bahamas
and the east coast
which make it the only place to have fun in the sun on a boat. The east coast
and the islands are pretty crowded anyhow.