Hi there. I'm interested in sailing, and this summer I plan on taking a course or two to get my feet wet. (Excuse the pun) Anyway, assuming I enjoy myself, and assuming this is a hobby I still wish to pursue, I would eventually like to purchase
my own boat. However, I'm having a hard time finding good information for a greenhorn such as myself.
My ultimate goal would be to acquire a small Weekender. Something easy to sail with a cabin
just large enough for two to lie down in. I can't seem to find anything like that, though. Everything I see either doesn't. contain a cabin
large enough to stretch out in or is far too large. Do you have any suggestions?
Another thing I was considering was getting a dinghy
. However, as I said, I would like to have a Weekender eventually. What's the resale rate like on boats? Supposing I bought a dinghy
to tool around in and later I decide to purchase
a Weekender, how much money
would I get back?
Finally, I keep hearing about how sailboats are essentially a hole you throw money
into. What are the expenses like? Anyone have a dollar amount they could divulge? I'm lucky in that my father lives near the water
and has free access to a storage
area for boats, so that expense is taken care of off the bat. I'm guessing repairs
are going to be the main issue, am I right?
Speaking of repairs
, if I get into this hobby I'd be interested in learning
how to maintain the ship myself. How difficult do you suppose it is to take care of the ship? I have no real experience in similar fields to be honest, so perhaps I'm biting off more than I can chew. What are some common problems that arise that would need repairing?
Anyway, I really appreciate you taking the time to read this, doubly so for those who respond. Good sailing.