I would like a used boat for under $50,000. Any ideas / comments / suggestions?
I think you might need to define your goals a bit more. Also your budget
as well. Aside form the basic costs of buying
a boat there is all the effort / expense of getting it all set up. If your goal is only to cruise
the SF Bay
then I think there are a lot more options. As for the conditions of SF Bay it really is the sailors more than the boats.
You are probably into the 27 to 33 ft range of the older boats. Brand names in this class mean almost nothing. No boat is what it was and many have been well maintained and others may not have been. Brand name isn't the real important criteria. Condition of the boat and the gear
it comes with are the most important. I think you want to give up a few luxuries to get the boat that is the best shape. Replacment of items that commonly wear out could add 20% or more to the initial purchase
. Updating a boat can take some time just to really understand all the parts
of it and just general sailing.
If you want to do a little Internet
sailing you might go over to YachtWorld.Com and use the search tool. Put in various price
ranges and restrict the search area to places close to you. For boats in your price
range you really won't be trucking it across the country to get it to California
. This at least starts you thinking about what you might expect to find for sale
. Then you need to add about $5000 to get it ready and then you can start looking into marinas
to keep your boat and the costs and insurance
end of the on going expenses. You may yet negotiate a price but for planning purposes these will be close enough just to see what these boats look like on paper and in pictures.
It's all about putting a lot of details together and you can find a lot already here about a lot of topics that sooner or later you may come across. Explore the forum in it's various sections as I'm sure you will find topics of both an advanced and beginner nature that will be of interest.