Hi, lurker here. I know there are a number of similar posts to this one, and I have seen great input, but I am curious if you can make some suggestions for my particular situation.
My goal: day trips with my family
(wife and 2 kids
: 7 and 10), with the occasional overnight to Catalina
. No long cruises. No racing
. Comfort over speed. The boat would be located in Marina del Rey, close to my home. Iíd want to be able to single
hand it: I sometimes have a random afternoon off and want to be able to sail for a few hours by myself (in fair weather
My experience: I grew up sailing on small boats, on lakes and rivers, then moved to SoCal and stopped sailing for years. Crewed on a friendís Catalina
27 a few times, rented a Catalina 22 a couple of times to sail an afternoon along the coast and ensure the family
Planning to take ASA
101-104 over summer. In summary: dated experience with small boats on fresh water
, but very much a newbie when it comes to larger boats on the ocean.
My constraints: with work and other family activities, I have limited time, so I am not looking for a project
boat. I am pretty handy but am not interested in tackling large maintenance
tasks. Wife envisions a nice looking salon
over something more spartan. With four people and the occasional overnight, I donít want to be too cramped. Would prefer something under 35 feet, I think.
: Iím thinking something between $50-60K for the boat. Say, around $600/month for a slip (is that about right for Marina del Rey?) I figure maybe $5K/year on average in maintenance
? What are typical insurance
With all that, what would you suggest?