Guys... I've been sailing a 23ft "Helmsman 23" boat for the past 5 years around the Baltic
Sea and the Gulf of Finland
, but I've decided that it was time to graduate to a bigger boat. I've been saving up for that eventuality for the past three years, and now I've gone and done it. Sold my old boat and am about to sign a deal on my "new" one, a 1978 Albin Vega
Thing is, even with a fairly "cheap" (12800€, or about two years worth of savings on my income) purchase
as that I am scared shitless. Even though the boat is a fairly safe buy on paper, as she has a new(ish) engine
, reinforced bulkhead under the mast
, new sails
and a new furlex at the bow, as well as AIS
and a decent plotter, I still harbor misapprehensions. I know I am buying
a legend, a veritable classic, but even after inspecting every inch of the boat to make sure she is free (as far as I can tell) of fatal flaws, I still get that sinking feeling at the pit of my stomach.
I am just wondering, is it normal? Is all this apprehension and doubt a natural part of the boat buying
process or just my own weakness of spirit? Should it be more like a "love affair" when everything is suddenly crystal clear and you just know
you have to have that boat?
This post, I think, has little practical values. I guess its purpose is to gather soothing noises from the sailing crowd and supporting arguments, since I have almost no sailing friends who'd understand what I'm going on about... Of course if you can think of any typical defects/flaws an Albin Vega
might possess that you could point out I would find it mighty helpful.