After getting some good feedback and some good advice.
I have modified my plans for next Winters Cruise
. (leaving Jan 2015
returning may 2015)
I now plan to Start in Florida
all of the Bahamas
and then on to
the either the DR or BVI as my southern most destination
then back to Florida
. I had planned to go all the way to Trinidad but the wise salts here suggested that this was an ambitious plan for a 4 month cruise, which is going to be my first
As I stated in my first post I have a good grip on sailing and navigation
and am a very safety
conscious guy. Iím not too concerned about the actually sailing but am finding out that buying
a boat is a little more complicated. I have only owned one before (27í Ericson
bought in 1996 kept for 2 yrs) There are some many choices in my size and price
range Itís making my head
Up to 20,000 & Canít be in need of major refitting, Around 30í
Roller Furling Jib
Lines led to cockpit
(would be nice)
What follows is a sampling of my preliminary search, all late 70ís to mid 80ís
And all are claimed to be in good or better condition and have good pics.
Could all be baloney and of course and all subject to still being available andcapable of passing a survey
, but this is what I have come up with:
32 1977---------- 19,500
Eicson 30 1984 -------------------------12,500
Cape Dory Ketch
30 1977 -------------- 12,000
(Many Boats) all 80ís ------- 15-20,000
Heritage West Indies 36 1979 ----------- 19,000
S2 9.2C Center Cockpit
31 1984-------------------------- 18,000
It seems to me that the asking prices are all over the place and that
We are truly in a buyers market. Is this the case now?
Are any of these just too good to be believed? or just
a great deal?
Are brokers more or less honest ? (got my suit on for this one)
As there would be considerable travel required to see these boats any suggestions on witling this down? I donít have my heart set on anything in particular Iím really more focused on the doing then on the ďIn WhatĒ
A few basic questions:
Which would you chose and why?
If I can sail a sloop
, how difficult to transfer to a Ketch?
Whatís the real practical differences between a deck
Does it make any difference for my purpose (Caribbean and US East Coast
(No Ocean Passages)
What are typical costs at a yard to step a mast
and set up the rigging
Whatís the proper way to test an engine
on a boat out of the water
If an engine runs out of the water with a hose feeding it cooling
once itís in the water will the added torque of the prop make a difference? Water pump in the above scenario?
What are winter cones?
Does it make sense to spend more and buy from a dealers used inventory? If yes, Is there anything like a short term warranty? Can they be negotiated? Will surveyors, survey
boats of this age and size?
Would it be worth it? Can A boat be judged by it's cover, ie: It looks
like ****, must be ****? looks great, must be great Think Home staging?
Iíve got a million more questions, but this is enough for now
Thanx in advance to all here for their advice
The decision to go has been made, now itís all in the planning
I plan on attending the upcoming Atlantic city show
If any body wants to meet for donuts and stories Iíll Buy.
PS: How do I get my picture up?