I have been reading through the forums
here for a while, and I have found lots of the information useful and or interesting so I figured I would post a question and see where it goes.
I a 22 year old single
guy, and I am looking at getting a boat to live aboard and do some cruising sometime within the next 1 - 2 years. Unfortunately my sailing experience is limited (very limited) as of right now, but I have been reading as much information as I can get my hands on and I am planning on taking some classes
Perhaps more unfortunate than my lack of experience is the fact that my budget
is micro; I do not want to spend over $15,000 on the boat itself, if possible.
Should I look at getting a boat that needs some work, or should I get one that is ready to go with a minimal amount of work?
I was able to find a 1967 Pearson
Vanguard 32' for $2000 according to the seller the hull
are in solid condition, but it needs to be repainted inside and out. The A4 engine
is in unknown working condition, and the boom needs 'sanding and varnish'
I have not looked at the boat in person, as I am not ready to buy yet. But, would it be even worth looking into further if I was, or would it likely cost more than it is worth?
I consider myself pretty handy; I fix most of the problems on my house and I work on my own car, so I could do at least some of the work myself. The problem is I do not know what a realistic estimate for restoring a boat would be, and I am afraid of opening a can of worms I cannot easily close.
Also, any possible suggestions for a reliable boat that I could get on the cheap
? I would like it to be somewhere between 28 - 35 foot, preferably sloop rigging
and fixed keel
. Under $15,000.
Any information or comments would be appreciated.