Hi. I have never owned a boat and I have minimal sailing experience, however I am in the market to buy a sailboat. This may very well end up being the stupidest thing I have ever done, but I have spent some time on boats and loved it, spent several years living out of a backpack in the Caribbean
and loved it as well, so I have no reason to believe that I would not love living on my own boat in the Caribbean
(Roatan specifically). I am a dive instructor and owning a boat would open up new job possibilities as well. There are a host of other reasons I want to do this, such as how green of a lifestyle it will allow me to live and that it will eventually open up a number of places I can realistically travel to. With that being said, I have a lot that needs to be accomplished before just pulling up anchor
and sailing down there: mainly to buy a boat and learn how to sail it! I know that it would be far more logical to simply take classes
for a few years and then make the purchase
, but I feel that I will do a lot more sailing if I have a boat of my own, and since I will live aboard the first few years it will save me on apartment costs.
I have narrowed the search down to the Contessa 26. It fits my budget
which is just under $40,000, it is beautiful and it has proven itself to be bluewater capable. I also like the fact that the hull
and decks are solid fiberglass
, as one of the major fears I have is having the decks rot
out. I am not limiting myself to this boat, but right now it is at the top of my short list.
A newer engine
is a priority, as I don’t expect to learn, or be capable of major diesel repairs
anytime soon. The rest of the boat should be in sound shape as well, as I plan to sail the boat a lot in the next few years, so it can’t be laid up, not to mention that I really do not know what I am doing and would rather just pay up front for a boat that is already refitted.
I found this boat online a few months ago.
1984 Contessa Sloop Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
It appears to be in wonderful shape, has a relatively new engine
and seems to be exactly what I am looking for. The only major expenses that I believe I am likely to need are a new electrical system
, windvave, etc. I was hoping I could run some prices buy you guys to let me know if my budget
for this thing is in line or if I am forgetting anything. I would rather set aside more money
than is necessary, than find out that I don’t have enough money
to complete the job.
Boat: $20k. He is asking $25k, but I am hopeful that I can get the price
down. Even at 20k, this would be more than most Contessa’s go for. I do not think I will go up much from here. I know it has been on the market 6 months, and with the economy the way it is I feel that waiting for a price
I am really happy with is realistic.
: $2876 Would need to be shipped from San Diego
to Chicago. This is my best quote so far.
+ Packing for travel: $800 This is approximately what I will have to pay to haul the boat and have them ready it for shipping
Fee: $1600 for the summer
: $191 annually. BoatUS quoted me this over the phone
. It was much cheaper than I was expecting.
Launch Boat w/ Crane: $156
: $325 This is the price if they need to tune, it will probably end up costing less.
Trip to San Diego
: $500 I would need to see the boat in person to feel comfortable purchasing
1st Year Maintenance/Upgrade Costs
: $1500 This is the one major system I do not really know the state of. It apparently needs “minor troubleshooting”, so who knows. I am hoping $1500 would be enough to take care of a total rewiring, not including the batteries and solar
. If the system is really screwed up, I can rely on shorepower for the first year(s) anyway. This should give me time to learn how to wire a boat and then totally rewire it. This would be worth knowing anyway, but I am not sure about the total costs and amount of time involved. A lot of both I guess.
Batteries: $750 My electrical
needs will be small, just running GPS
, lights, VHF
, possibly an autopilot
, though presumably the engine would be running then. And I also would need to charge my computer at times. Maybe a small stereo. That would really be the extent of it. Thinking this is enough to budget?
Panel(s) and charge controller: $1000 This would cover 1 x 80 W Panel or maybe 2x 55 W and a charge controller.
: $2000 I think I will go with the Windpilot Pacific Light.
: $1000 Haven’t decided on this one yet. Will probably get a used setup. I would prefer a hard dinghy, but I am not sure about having room on deck
Ok, that is the budget. Is there anything clearly amiss or left out? Any advice? This is clearly a major decision and I want to be as well informed as I can be. Thanks -Jake