Originally Posted by kilboua
When its time to come back to reality, I will sell the boat and simply come home
That is a useful thing to know - before parting with cash
2) The maintenance. I know there is an incredible amount of things that can be with a boat. What should I be looking for in a used boat in terms of condition? What is easily fixable, and what problems should I avoid like the plague? I am pretty handy, and my father (who sailed for 10+ years and is INCREDIBLY handy with anything, even electrical/engine/plumbing) can help if need be. Like I said, I have an excess of time, but I want to save on the $. That being said, what should I look for in a used boat? what resources exist that can teach me to repair boats?
Short answer (especially on your budget) is to check everything
. and then price
up the fixes (DIY and / or proffessional in both cash and time terms, and then double it!) - or decide you can make do / don't need
The expensive part is your learning
curve, given that you are not yet best placed to judge for yourself what is important / expensive / time consuming (for you).........but you'll learn
....and will save you good money
in the long run on the next boat / adventure.
Essentially you want a structurally sound boat (water coming up is bad
coming down is a PITA - big stuff (like a mast
or a keel) falling off is also bad
) - anything on top of that comfort / equipment
wise is a bonus. Think of her as a large sailing dinghy
- with a lid on
Same things are important and for much the same reasons.....the big exception being the engine
on your budget
I would not expect factory fresh
, indeed IMO would be hard to avoid buying
a pile of poo that will require time and money (and probably at inconveniant times!) sooner or later.
Few things worse than an unreliable motor
- in some respects none is better (at least you always know where you are!). On the size and budget I would favour something with an O/b, and then just accept that won't be ideal for long passages under motor
- so buy a boat that sails! Failing that I would highly recomend getting a boat that you could later add an O/b onto the back of - if the inboard goes majorly pop and no cash to spare to fix / replace. Out of choce I would get a boat with either no o/b or a small / old one and then upgrade to either new! or something with plenty of life left in it.....the upside is that you can always sell it seperately from the boat later, a working o/b will always sell (just a question of price) - an old small sailing boat is a different matter.
Obviously one "should" replace standing rigging
of unknown vintage (because that means it is probably orginal!) - but unless any signs of problems (from sight or feel - ouch!) then I would be minded to take a punt. Same for the running rigging
....albeit something to bear in mind when passage
planning! Some old boats have sails
in surprisingly good condition - some not, go for the one with some life left in them (as a Dinghy
sailor you probably understand why better than me!). On your budget don't want to be buying
any new sails
Out of choice would go for Tiller steering
(simplicity and space onboard) - but if the deal is good enough on the rest of the boat then IMO a wheel
is not a deal breaker.
You will need a dinghy - and for that some sort of onboard stowage will be needed....good luck with that
......or take a punt on towing (in practice will likely be a mix of both approaches).
For equipping with "all mod cons", firstly accept that essentially you will be camping afloat - so (apart from going s/h) head
to a camping store and / or Walmart
the stuff you buy only has to last a year or so, not a 10 year cirumnavigation via both capes
. And if the boat interior
looks like a stripped out ocean racer
(with a few scatter cushions!) then so be it, no point trying to create a country cottage look and feel on something you will be selling soon enough.
In regard to interior refurb
, a power washer, some detergent and a big pot of white paint
(no need for "marine" $$$ paint) is your freind
. Clean and tidy
....just add scatter cushions