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Old 22-06-2011, 15:07   #1
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Hello all, I am presently looking for a boat to buy. My plan is to gunk hole my life away up and down the east coast of the U.S., Canada, and some of the islands. I am retired, 66yo and in pretty decent physical condition. I can put about $100K into a boat, including all taxes, doc fees and improvements/repairs that are needed. I have considerable cruising experience accummulated sporatically during the last 35 yrs, but do need to polish my boat handling skills and my machanical prowess is limited to basic maintenance. My ideal boat would be 35' to 43', a bit beamy, with 5' draft or less, with full electronics, main engine with less than 2500 hrs, generator, air and heat, propane stove and oven, refer/ freezer, dingy davits and dingy with out board. In other words, a floating condominium. I have been looking at Irwin's, Morgan's, Pearson's, Gulfstar's, and a few other's. I prefer center cockpits, with aft cabins, but that is not an essential. Any advice, opinions or guidance would be appreciated. I just want to cover all my options and not make a giant mistake. Thanks for your time, and I think this is a great site. Greg
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Old 22-06-2011, 15:40   #2
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Boats for Sale, New and Used Boats and Yachts - YachtWorld.com or sailboat listings .com.

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Old 22-06-2011, 15:41   #3
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Hello. In my opinion, your wish list is long but you can probably get most of it given your budget.
If I were in your shoes I would buy a boat in the 40-60k range and upgrade/repair if necessary. Then save the rest for petroleum, emergency repairs and maintenance.
There are plenty of great used cruising boats out there in this economy, residual values on pleasure craft are low.
I would also suggest that you read, research and read some more. The best part of forums such as these is the wealth of free info available from those who have been there and back.
Good luck!
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Old 22-06-2011, 15:46   #4
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Good boat to meet all your requirements is the Morgain Outisland 41. Very shoal draft, lots and lots of them around so some good deals to be found. Pretty well built. Center cockpit with aft cabin.

Not the best sailor in the world but for gunkholing and coastal cruising it would fit the bill.
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Old 22-06-2011, 19:50   #5
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Hello all, I am presently looking for a boat to buy.
Welcome to the Cruisers Forum. Many of our members have experience in buying boats. Regrettably few have experience in selling boats...

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My plan is to gunk hole my life away up and down the east coast of the U.S., Canada, and some of the islands.
Way to go...

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I am retired, 66yo and in pretty decent physical condition. I can put about $100K into a boat, including all taxes, doc fees and improvements/repairs that are needed.
For a serious lifestyle this may be the minimum.

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I have considerable cruising experience accumulated sporadically during the last 35 yrs, but do need to polish my boat handling skills and my mechanical prowess is limited to basic maintenance.
You probably know more than me about cruising, my boat handles me rather than vice versa and I think I've leaned more about boat mechanics than is right or proper.

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My ideal boat would be 35' to 43', a bit beamy, with 5' draft or less, with full electronics, main engine with less than 2500 hrs, generator, air and heat, propane stove and oven, refer/ freezer, dingy davits and dingy with out board.
In other words, a floating condominium.
You don't say how many you are but if there's just one the smaller end of this range could be much easier to manage.

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I have been looking at Irwin's, Morgan's, Pearson's, Gulfstar's, and a few other's. I prefer center cockpits, with aft cabins, but that is not an essential.
These could all be older boats with significant mechanical issues. At the lower end of your range a newer aft cockpit cruiser is more likely.
If I were in your place I'd look at some of the boats that were top quality when built. I'm thinking Island packet or similar.

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Any advice, opinions or guidance would be appreciated. I just want to cover all my options and not make a giant mistake.
You've stated the right way by working out what you want to do and looking for the beat way to do it. Regrettably any boat purchase could be considered "unwise".

Thanks for your time, and I think this is a great site. Greg
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Thanks to all for the input. I have looked closely at the Morgan Classic 41' s that are on the market, but since I'll be single handling, I feel they may a bit more than I can handle. I am thinking seriusly of purchacing a very lightly used, single owner Irwin 38' MkII, '87 in excellent and sail away condition. I won't have to spend anything more than the survey, taxes and documentation fees. No genset or ac, but has diesel heaters. As I hope to spend my time in perpetual spring time conditions ( follow the sun, as it were) I don't feel that the ac is a necessity at this time. ( Heard that small ac units are available nowadays that run off 12volt system and are sufficient to cool down a berthing compartment. Any info or direction on this would be appreciated.) I know that Irwin's have a few issues, but I can live with them. I definately will have a survey done and engine check etc. Any further input from you nice people is eagerly sought. Thanks again and happy sailing to all. G.
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If you plan for spring time by following the sun, do you really need an air con? Just go native and get used to it. That means perhaps you don't need a genset which then simplifies the whole charging and electrical systems to a KISS approach. Add solar and wind then you only need step ashore once a month for supplies, oh and to catch up on Cruiser Forums of course

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If you plan for spring time by following the sun, do you really need an air con? Just go native and get used to it.
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