So many opinions, its a great read. As a first yacht, always go a little cheaper I think, a first buy is a feeling out process as to what you really want in a yacht for you.
I was well advised by a few salty types to ideally have center cockpit
, and consider nothing other than solid hand laid fiberglass
as the best construction. After my first yacht being dynel over ply, and spending time in the slipway where I was moored and hearing the horror stories of newer expensive production foam cored yachts and the like, the advice I was given always stuck with me.
I now own a center and aft cockpit
, hand laid fiberglass
yacht that I would consider was purchased on the best possible advice. My live abord yacht was purchased for well under 40k, and going against what many may believe, it is a solid investment as is already valued 10k above the purchase price
with approx 4-5k invested. It is in no way impossible to make a 400-500% profit on a wise choice and some work, even in today's market.
I guess I am saying, a fixer-upper is a great way to go if you get the right one and have a go at doing 90% of the work yourself.