Originally Posted by roderickwaller
I have limited experience of sailing (a year on a heron and then a year on a 23 Hood
...sailed on Lake Macquirie and a short cruise
on east coast
. I'd like to buy a sailboat for coastal cruising and trips to Vanuatu
. I feel overwhelmed by the variety of boats for sale
and would appreciate any advice members may have. (I am 65 yrs old; good health
, and solo).
Even with a lifetime of living around boats, I was quite daunted by the job of finding what we needed. And when we thought we had found what we were after (a centre cockpit Adams
40) we got a horrible surprise when we finally got on board one as we found we could not get around the boat very well at all. (Don't get me wrong, I still think they are a fabulous boat, just not for us.)
So we ended up putting a few variables into one of the big online boat sale
sites, such as length, price range, construction, and then clicked next, next, next, next through the pictures... for about four hours. That gave us a short list of boats that met our now identified need of clear decks and decent freeboard, and THEN I started asking around about those boats in particular, and got some great feedback, some really useful advice from CF too.
Tedious, but as far as I can tell, we got the right boat for us.
For what it is worth, our Swanson spent the first 20 years of its life ploughing a furrow between Brisbane
and Vanuatu, and I am just a little envious of anyone else who can aspire to do so. I am stuck behind the desk for a few more years yet.