My first post, so be gentle please.
I am currently shopping
for my first sailboat and I would appreciate expert advice ... general or specific.
Here is the situation: I am looking for a forgiving cruising sailboat that I can learn on. It will be located in Chicago for 6 months a year and during that time most of my weekends will be spent sailing, cleaning
, and learning
. The other 6 months will be spent in Naples. Eventually, maybe in 2-3 years, I will have the skills to travel all over the Caribbean
... I might not come back.
1) Shoal Draft
- 4-5' max
3) Older boat (1970's or early 1980's) - Fiberglass
4) Pilothouse would be nice (my theory is that this will make bad weather
more bearable ... yes? no?)
5) 36' - 40' would be enough room I think (4 guests sometimes)
6) The more teak or mahogany, the better.
7) My budget
won't allow a Beneteau
or Tayana, I might have to do some of the work myself ...
8) Must be able to sail single
handed some of the time!!
Here is one I liked (not pilothouse, but ...)
It's a 1982 Gulfstar
Sailmaster 39 for $26k
1982 Gulfstar Sailmaster 39 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Am I on the right track? What kind of other considerations are there?
I have NO interest in racing
. I want a comfortable, safe boat that will take me all over the Caribbean