Since everyone's favorite thing after sailing is boat shopping
, I thought CFers might be interested in helping me figure out my boat purchase! I've got everything "at home" settled so that I can start cruising the Bahamas/Caribbean for the next few months, and my buddy and I are aiming to travel to either Florida
or Trinidad & Tobago
to buy a boat late next week. Funnily enough, due to rental car drop-off fees
, it's cheaper to fly one-way to T&T than it is to rent a car and drive to Florida
(no repositioning deals available). The dilemma is that the boat deals in Florida are SO MUCH better than the ones in T&T, but I really don't want to have to sail against the wind
from the Bahamas
to the rest of the Caribbean
- so I'm hoping CF can help me figure out if the asking prices in T&T are realistic or just boat-owner inflation where they're actually expecting an offer well below asking. The contenders:
Trinidad & Tobago
(talked to a broker who walked me through the purchase
process - it's relatively straight-forward with assistance):
1981 Miura 31
: $25,000; New sails
, and upholstery in 2012. Antifoul was in 2012 too so will likely need new bottom paint
1978 Ranger 32.5:
in 2007 to cross the Atlantic and loaded with "goodies" - but refit
in 2007 and an Atlantic crossing
may mean that the rigging
is ready to be replaced
1984 Hunter 31
: $19,900; Refit and relaunched in 2013 - standing rigging
and major systems from 2012. Antifoul in 2013 so may need a touch up.
: $12,000; Tall rig with lead keel
; new standing rigging, chain plates, and antifoul. My personal favorite, but with the lack of windward sailing ability, the large amount of leeway, and a 16 hp engine
, I think she'd be difficult to get East of the Bahamas
1967 Cal 34
: $5,900; New standing rigging and bottom paint
. Not sure as to the condition of the mast
support beam which can be a pain to replace.
1985 Hunter 31:
$14,000; Absolutely ridiculously loaded - I'd have to sell much of the stuff on it just to be able to move around.
Numerous different Morgan
35s, Watson 33s, etc. for below $14,000 with very motivated sellers.
For the most part, the peripherals (dinghies, anchors, chain, etc. but NOT the electronics) are such that they wouldn't move the price
a few hundred either way between the boats.
So what's a cash-buyer to do in a buyer's market? Do the T&T prices seem high to anyone else? Thanks for your advice!