Originally Posted by mtlee
The people that discourage and tell me that we wont do it is the reason I was so hesitant to join and post for the past few months.
A little discouragement is no bad thing. Call it a reality check. and on CF it is
the original post asks about boats in the 15k range, that could be fitted for another five. I've been looking at the links people have posted, but most of them are just simply beyond my price range. It's still ok, and appreciated though because I know to watch for said boats if they drop into my range.
Dunno about the economics in your area, but on that budget
would be looking not for a cheap
boat - but a real
bargain. Not impossible, but will require knowing what you are looking at, as unlikely to be real minter. and probably also being prepared to benefit from someone elses misfortune (or over optimism?). Don't be shy about offering low. very low. no one ever says they are desperate for any cash / to get rid of an expense - but sometimes they are.
But easy to get sucked into over optimism on the "bit"
of TLC required
(on any budget! / boat size!)..........remember that some boats are genuinely worthless (worth less than nothing because even with a dowry
you'd still be out of pocket. and the boat may fundamentaly be a dog
. Older ain't always good. sometimes it just means old and cr#p. just like cars).
FWIW I think the 29 / 30 foot mark is sensible, any smaller and you will be in the small boat category 24/7, rather than only sometimes. On your budget
I would trade
beam for LWL - better to have 29 foot of boat in the water
rather than 27 with another 3 foot of overhangs, no matter that would be the prettier
Be an awesome thing if you acheived it. but even if not the learning
curve will always be of value for future endeavours. So I would say on this ambition failure is not
(unless you meet your former colleagues - on their way up