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Old 28-10-2018, 07:59   #31
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Re: How Much Sailboat Should I Buy?

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At "little extra space"? I moved from an older 1988 style 39' boat to a more modern 2001 41' boat. The space difference is HUGE! If it were not for the space there would not be any "lifestyle".
Have you seen the Endeavor Cats...they are the very definition of condomaran. Ugly as sin but you wont' find more space in a similar length package.

PS: I'm not taking a dig at them. If I could find a 34' at the right price, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:47   #32
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Re: How Much Sailboat Should I Buy?

There are generally two approaches to determining what size boat to buy - the biggest boat you can afford or, the smallest boat you can stand. I prefer the later.

The smaller boat is less comfortable but, cheaper to buy, maintain, and dock. You can go more places and fit into smaller spaces. It is easier to handle and there is less to break and fix.

The wife and I are currently on a 35-foot center cockpit Westerly and find it suits us fine. We generally have only one guest at a time but once did survive having 5 for a weekend.

We have lived aboard for 8 years so far.
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Actually IMO it comes down to a simple answer.
As big a vessel you can comfortably afford to maintain.

You answered with his question.
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If you are living aboard I would say 1160 meter cat unless you injoy rocking back and forth and spending you sailing time at 45į but mantaince is pretty expensive. I am not sure you have enough money. In 5 years of sailing I think I spent about $500/month on maintenance. Itís going to be tight. You better be a good mechanic, electrician, and not mind scrap, sanding and painting
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Re: How Much Sailboat Should I Buy?

OK, here's my 10 cents,

1. Buy the smallest boat you can both be comfortable on.

2. Buy the largest boat you can single hand without any help to raise the sails, crank in the sheets, raise the anchor and dock.
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Old 02-11-2018, 15:29   #36
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Re: How Much Sailboat Should I Buy?

Don't know diddly about your chosen cruising grounds as I am in CA. but you stated you want to stay in a 25000 annual budget. The bigger the boat the more it costs. slip fees, maintenance, taxes, insurance and it goes on and on.


here on the west coast most marinas want you to have a 32' boat to live aboard. Having lived aboard for a number of years now, I would say if i were a couple that would be my choice. If you can afford bigger go for it, but the larger the boat, the larger a sail replacement is, the more a transit slip fee is, the more it costs for a crane to haul you out of the water.


Its also nice if either of you can single hand the boat.



That's my 2 cents worth.
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We are a frugal couple

Annual Boat Maintenance & Insurance: $6,000
All other Living Expenses(Annual): $18,000



Frugal and $25.000 a year?
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Frugal and $25.000 a year?
that IS frugal
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Re: How Much Sailboat Should I Buy?

This Thread reminds me of the what's the best dinghy thread. No disrespect to anyone but the reason there's a million different types of dinghys is they all have their pluses and minuses. As a person that lived many years on a 27-foot boat and I'm currently living on a 39 + foot boat I can say that my bigger boat costs way more (sorry to get technical with so much math) . ( more than 10 times as much to purchase and at least twice the cost to maintain) if I don't use it, as in stay anchored somewhere as I'm currently doing it can actually save me money because I have the room to prepare and store food. I now have refrigeration and a solar oven and a small garden. After purchase the main drawback to my bigger boat is I could handle losing my 27 foot boat, I would be devastated if I lost this boat. And it's harder to operate. plain and simple faster but more work. PS most entertainment is done in the cockpit which are virtually the same size on both boats. PSS. I love(d) both my boats but my bigger boat is like an apartment that sails like stinksmitten.
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