My question is, do you rent the slip first (and risk having it sit empty for a few months), or buy the boat first (and risk not having a place to keep it)?
Renting the slip first risks not fitting in the slip, you not closing the deal on the boat, or delays imposed by the sellers or your own real life issues. It can happen to anyone with relatives when least expected.
You may not have a choice where you keep a boat though closest to your home is always the best idea. It's pretty hard to close a boat very fast. Just the process of setting up a surveyor
, getting the report back, closing with the money
and getting an insurance
policy will take time.
You want to be able to spend more than the occasional weekend on the boat at the dock. You'll have boat work to do too prbaly takes at least 4 weekends for tjust the basics. There isn;'t an upper limit as far as I can tell. Try to be close so you can sail some days just because you can see the weather
looks great and it just is something you want to do on the spur of the moment. Those can be the best day sails
If the boat is some place when you buy it you have some time to move it. If you need to get on a wait list make sure the deposit is refundable.
All the best of luck getting your boat.