The dream is becoming a reality this summer - going to buy my first sailboat and need some advice please!
I live in Toronto and will be buying
a boat this spring. The plan is to sail her in Lake Ontario
for the next two summers and then sail down to Florida
at which point I'll start my liveaboard
The boat I end up buying
will very likely have never sailed in salt water
(nor have I!), but as mentioned I intend on taking her south with the Bahamas
being the likely cruising ground.
To keep this thread narrow in scope
I'm looking for advice specifically on what considerations need to be made re: fresh vs salt water
. Is there something i should be looking for when deciding what to purchase
and/or what should be done to the boat and engine
before going into salt water
the first time?
I'll be buying something in the 30 to 36 foot range. C&C's are very common on Lake Ontario
and lots for sale
. There's a Catalina
34 and a CS34 that have both caught my eye, but I'm not loyal to any particular make (yet!).
Thanks in advance for your advice!