I think I had this exact post a year ago...
The basics things regardless of brand:
*keep your draft
under 5 feet - especially if you are on the gulf side of Florida
*When choosing a surveyor
- ask for a previous survey
so you can evaluate his work - then list expectations you may have. ie. different angled photos of problems, method of examining hull
, what happens when you find out he did a horrible job.
*keep some cash for repairs
and upgrades - don't be cheap
with safety gear
(life jackets, VHF
, and epirb)
*consider your personality - are you the type that likes everything 100% perfect? or are you the type that is comfortable with 'pretty close'.
I am from the second group - done is better than perfect. It is unlikely this will be your LAST boat so get something that gets you learning
and out on the water
rather than renting
a boat go to the nearby yachtclubs and buy a round or two of beers... Don't let the term crew scare you away - for newbs that basically means helping carry stuff and cleaning
up at the end of the trip.
have fun and don't let the old salts intimidate you.