We are looking to purchase
our first sailboat. Currently looking at a 1984 Hunter40. It is in great shape and needs a little TLC for cosmetics and needs electronics
upgrade. Otherwise a great boat.
We are a family
of 4 looking for a sailboat to use somewhere on the New Jersey
shore as a weekender. Go out and back for daytime sail and overnights. Our goal is to learn to sail, gain experiance and maybe in 5 years cruise
the Bahammas for 3-4 months.
I test sailed her yesterday, and she handled great for me in mild conditions. I am NOT an experianced sailer at this time - but truly hope to join the ranks! I was comfortable behind the helm
My question is - is this a good fit for our needs / goals? Cost wise, I know after the upgrades she will need standard maintenance
, possiblly and new engine
prior to our 5 yr goal of reaching the Bahamas
. We have to start somewhere and she is in our price
range. Any feedback or comments, negative or positive would be greatly appreciated.