My advice is to not buy anything until you are ready to live aboard and then its going to be the real boat you want. Life on a Cal
25 and the like would be outright miserable on a good day.
Instead, spend like the other poster said, on sailing TIME. Lessons, practice, out in storms, celestial navigation
, begin acquiring gear
, these are all things to do which dont require your own boat (yet). If you buy anything right now you dont intend to keep, remember you have to re-sell it somehow, you have to fix and maintain it. Forget it.
I dont believe there is any such thing as "practicing or learning
to live aboard." Either you do or you dont.
are offered in any college located near water
and they will often use something like a Lido 14, probably the best learning
craft on the planet. Spend your time and effort there. Make friends and crew on larger vessels too. If, for example, you could buy a cheap
old small sailboat on Craigslist for $600, I still would rather buy a good sextant
for that money
and if you are lucky, some good charts
within that budget
There is another thing seldom talked about. You buy a boat to learn, only to find out you hate sailing and especially sleeping overnight on a boat. Then what, the money
is burned and you just write it off and walk away? Wish I was rich like that.
I dont even see how sailing and living aboard
can be said in the same breath. How are they equal to each other? LEARN to sail and after you have failed or taken to it, THEN discuss boats. Anyone who says they want to buy a boat to learn to sail and live on it is 100 steps ahead of where they actually are.