I'm new to the forum. I've been lurking for some time as google
searches for anything sailboat related seem to always point me back here, so I thought I might as start asking some questions of my own.
I've always enjoyed spending time out on the water
, and have dreamt about owning a boat for quite some time. I hadn't done much research
in regards to cost however, up until about three years ago when I decided to lookup the price
of a used sailboat online on a whim. I was actually quite surprised to see the prices were much much
more affordable then the ungodly numbers I had come up with on my own. Needless to say, my interest and desire to learn to sail has been growing ever since. I plan to buy a boat in the next year or two. Seeing as how I'm such a novice
to this, I want to take the time to figure out what I'm looking for, talk to people, and get all the training I need before I dive right in. No matter how hard it is to resist.
Lately I've been doing quite a bit of research
online, alt+tabbing between sailing forums
and sailing terminology dictionaries and feel I've learned enough to atleast have a general idea of what I'd be looking for to start.
I live pretty close to Toronto Ontario
, so my longterm plan would be to tool around lake Ontario
for a bit, spending a fair amount of time out on the lake getting a feel for what I'm doing and learning
all the different ways to fall overboard
. I'd eventually like to work up to sailing down to the Caribbean
, and maybe even across the Atlantic several years down the road.
The three big names I'm constantly seeing are Hunter
, and Catalina
. I have read up on several of their boats from the 20' - 30' range and seem to be leaning towards a Hunter
27. Preferably a 1989 - 1994 simply because I like the cabin
layout much better than the older models. (Mainly the aft berth) The prices I've seen have also been quite
reasonable, starting only at $9,000. (Although I have no idea whether or not you'd get something that floats for that price
Based on what I'd like to do longterm I'd like to know if this is a good stepping off point. I have read a few forums
where people discussed taking a Hunter 27 from the great lakes
to the Caribbean
but it was pretty dicey. Basically I'm looking for anyone that can tell me what a ship like that is actually capable of, and how comfortable it is to stay on for a while, or maybe point me in a better direction to start.
I'm aware I would need to upgrade to a much larger ship to do a trip across the Atlantic regardless, but if the price is right I'd still like to be able a find a ship capable of making it south to the islands as my first.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.