"Tight Budgets" and boats don't go well together. In addition to normal operating cost i.e. fuel
, things break and because they are usually labeled 'marine' things - they are expensive. If you are new to boating
, I suggest you take some Power Squadron or Coast Guard Auxiliary courses to learn the basics. In addition to the learning
experience in the classes
, other students can be a wealth of knowledge in helping you in your choice of hull
Before you jump into your first purchase
you may want to charter
a boat which is similar to what you think you want. Spending a few days aboard will be very helpful. Look at the charter
fee as a measure of part of the cost of ownership
- moorage, repair & maintenance
, loan costs, etc. The cost of fuel
and amount used with your cruising style will give you an idea of that expense.
Too many variables to answer your basic question, but there is considerable knowledge on this forum to address specific issues.
Welcome to the Forum.