Originally Posted by sparau
I thought they were remarkably polite about the project
at hand (we are on the internet
Well, all well intended advice, however I can't shake the opinion that it's based on US situations and availability. Let me tell you that in the entire state of SA (which is somewhat bigger than Texas) on Boatpoint right now there is a grand total of 26 sailboats for sail, including dinghys. This is fairly normal for this part of Oz. Plenty on the east coast
, some in Melbourne (around 50 or so in Melbourne I think) but the east coast
has literally hundreds and the prices are much better.
has some - prices aren't too bad. What I found a touch unsettling was that I was quite clear what my budget
was and was constantly told to forget it and get something for $10k plus. Unworkable. Then how much work/time etc it would be. Yes, I got burned once, but I was also very unlucky and the market was a lot higher then than now. The issue is getting something from the east coast home - by truck is not an option due to cost, a 5000 buck boat would become a 10000 buck boat just with shipping
. So the only way would be to sail it.
The west coast
25 footer was an alternative. It's small enough to ship as a backload (west to east trucks are mostly empty) and small enough to stick in my yard here or at another location while it was worked on.
Overall the advice was well intended, and I understand where they are coming from, but the advice seemed to be just forget it, you don't have the money
if you can't shell out 10k plus for something local, wait til you can, unfortunately I probably won't live that long, so my options are limited to buy cheap
and fix it yourself, which if you ARE prepared to do the hard work, is more work than money
, if you get the core
of something decent.
There really aren't that many boats here for sale
. I'm looking into a boatyard back of a marina that might be a prospect in Adelaide, which is still a long haul by sea (3 days or so most likely) but perhaps doable by truck or boat trailer. Depends what's there.
Originally Posted by sparau
I thought a thx should have been rewarded to some of the excellent advice (MarkJ for one). IMO.
Actually I'd agree, I'd not noticed the 'Thanks' button there and yes, there was good advice and MarkJ was one that gave it. I'll bear that in mind in future. This boat looks like it was sold locally and this is something else I'm plagued with. The 30 footer in Pt. Lincoln that was 'local' was still a 300km plus drive and despite arranging to inspect it and no hint others had already looked, it was sharply disappointing to get there and find it gone.
Boats elsewhere seem to go long before I can get to them to inspect. It's really, really, difficult to buy a boat in SA, particularly a cheap boat, a boat that might sell in SA for 10-12k is often more like 3-5k in Sydney