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Old 05-02-2010, 01:34   #1
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First Time Buyer - Need Advice on Boat

I am looking to buy my first boat. I intend to live aboard with my girlfriend and son. I have looked at sail and motorcruisers. I want in cheap, realizing I will need to put money, sweat and hours in as I go. The boat I choose will need to make the longer voyages when I have learned more and am readty. IE: California to Hawaii. We will train in coastal waters.

This is a great site where the information is not one sided. Cand wait to hear some ideas. Been in law enforcement for over 25 yrs and need a new lifestyle NOW.

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Old 05-02-2010, 03:39   #2
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Since this question gets posted once a week, most regulars here probably don't want to response. Recommend that you do a forum search here and read all the old answers.

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The best boat for you is the one you can afford now. If you have not spent a lot of time sailing you will have a steep learning curve. Learn on a smaller boat then move up if you still enjoy it.

And keep in mind that the phrase "cheap ocean capable vessel" is an oxymoron. It dosent exist, especially when the crew is rather inexperienced.

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Well cheap and motorcruiser don't go together for a start.... before you decide which boat try and get on board a few to look at living space/storage etc.... can you/she handle the 'downsizing' from a landlubber lifestyle. For 3 people your looking at minimum 35ft, two cabins to make it bearable....
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The boat will need to be big enough to live comfortable . You will need private sleeping quarters as well as a good sized cocpit. What ever boat you choose go throuh it stem to stern before your voyage. Also be well read on Ocean Crusing (Don Street or Dashow).You will need to sail in testing conditions to be confident of the boats abilty but more so your own prior to departure.
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