I'm new to the forum (and fairly new to sailing) but know this question will get a lot of varied opinions. That being said I'm not trying to open up a can of worms and am open to all advice and suggestions.
Long Story Short: Live in the DC area, want a boat that can be single-handed from the Potomac
down to the Caribbean
(originally from Florida
and have spent a good amount of time down there) and lived aboard if needed. Looking for the fastest thing that is still comfortable to live aboard, has a good shower
, shallow draft
, A/C or some form of cooling
, adequate solar
, and can be had at a good used price
. Essentially I'd like to be able to live aboard/ maintain this as cheaply as possible in the future (both anchored out and at a marina).
Here are 3 examples of ideas I've gotten off of craigslist. Let me know if I'm being an idiot or in the ballpark. I'd like to buy all cash, so trying to keep this under $30k after essential repairs
. That obviously is going to limit my choices. This would be my first sailboat to own so if you think it's better to get a cheap
25 footer first and try it out let me know.
> 30' Hinterhoeller Nonsuch Ultra Sailboat 1984
#243. New Algrip Hunter
Green/White topsides, Wesrerbeke 27, Datamarine Depth
and Speed, Raytheon Autopilot
, Dodger/Awning, Radio
, 3 Lewmars, 6 foot matching dinghy
and more. Asking $29000
> 1978 Tartan 37 Centerboard
Good condition. Recently repowered with Volvo Penta
55 HP diesel
. Roller furling genoa
. Electric windlass
. stereo and TV. Many extras, just needs a little cosmetic TLC. No A/C. Asking $35000
> 2000 Beneteau 36CC Sailboat Selling my Beneteau 36 foot Center Cockpit Sailboat
. I am the second owner and have kept the boat in excellent condition. The boat and I have cruised the entire western and eastern Caribbean
over the last four years. Prior to that we lived and sailed all over the United States. It is well maintained and sails
like a dream. Asking $74500
^ Obviously the last one is not in my stated price
range, but I threw it in since I'm probably being unrealistic about staying under $30k all-in.
Also: I'm ~6'3 so would need 6.5 minimum headroom
I know this has been asked before (and would appreciate any links to threads of a similar request) but thanks a ton in advance for any advice!