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Old 18-05-2010, 14:54   #16
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I second several suggestions already mentioned, namely Don Casey's Inspecting the Aging Sailboat, Sensible Cruising, the Thoreau Approach, and This Old Boat for how to do alot of maintenance yourself. Also, books on the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW)will help you identify interesting areas. Something that hasn't been stressed is - plan to spend maybe $5-$8,000 to upgrade an older boat for cruising, like a better anchor, chartplotter, a new sail, new rigging, etc, etc. Anything "marine" is expensive.

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Old 18-05-2010, 15:38   #17
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If you are planning on keeping the boat for a few years and have to re-rig... bite the bullet and invest in Norseman or try the new Quick Attach fittings... never have to go to a rigger again...
Just buy new wire and do it yourself.
Any halfway decent seaman who may in the future want to buy your boat when the time comes to part will score that as a big PLUS....
Swaged fittings hide many sins and if they go at sea your screwed unless you carry a complete set of spares...
Quick snip with the cutters.. crank away with the wrench and Bob's your Uncle...
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Old 18-05-2010, 18:58   #18
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Due to the down economy there are a lot of boats abandoned by the owners at marinas and boatyards. The yards usually sell them for enough to cover outstanding storage bills. But be extra careful to survey and evaluate any boat found this way.

Just visit yards and marinas if you have time. Usually have more luck at spots a little away from the big, expensive places.
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