Originally Posted by futuresailer
thank you all for your responses. i am confident the 30k i have budgeted toward the boat will do just fine. if not then i guess we will have to bump it up to 40k and only have 60k for expenses. i am a tech hence im good at finding good deals haha. i think after we have been in the water
for a bit and get the sailing down in the great lakes
i will know what electronics i would feel more comfortable having. like you said jordan.
also, i was looking on yacht world going back and forth on atoms list of boats. i like the bayfields alot. seems like you get alot for the money. it worries me how high the ballast is on them though so who knows what ill like in 4 years.
I bought very low when I got my first boat and sold it for a hefty profit. I set that money aside and waited for the next "right" boat. I crewed in the mean time and assembled used electronics as they popped up on craigslist or here. When I bought the Suhail...It had been at the dock
for 6 years, bagged up and stored properly but still in need of work. When I met the owner at a bar, he was drunk off his ass and ready to move on. He threw out a number and I said "deal". I ran home, grabbed cash and met him back at the bar. We walked down to the boat and did the paperwork right then. I let him spend the night on the boat and helped him move out in the morning. He was cursing up a storm and really regretted the sale
. Tough luck pal, shouldn't drink and sell boats. Within three hours, I had offers of triple what I gave him.
Nope. Keeper, thank you.
What I got was 36 feet of factory built/owner finished Cutter
. The Mitsubishi 2.0 diesel
had 260 hours on it. Every system on the boat was dated but functional. Only the Monitor windvane
was newish having been installed in 2008. The interior
finish and layout has the production 49 footer next to me slobbering. His boat was 450k.
I was safely sailing offshore
day trips within a week and will be moving her to my place in Manzanillo this coming April.
I paid $1800.00 and a 1/4 pound of weed.
The boat is out there, patience, homework and stocking up on needed electronics/safety gear
is key. Used is good.
And drunk people help.
I had a budget
of 40k, needless to say, I have some money left over.
I will never get those who blow my year's cruising budget on 2014 gear
when they already have 2010's latest.
A certain poster here has 500k plus in his boat and has sailed 277 NM a year...or what I do on a weekend shakedown cruise
I don't get it.
Good luck, homework, patience, drunk sailors who are done and hanging out on the docks are key.
Or slaving for years works too, albeit poorly.