It is a great time to purchase
a boat - the prices are very low.
I would recommend a Catalina 30
as a great starter - if and when you decide to sell it - it is an easy one to sell quickly. The engine
is easy to access - and trust me - an easy access engine
on a sailboat means that you will take better care and not break your back doing so.
All of the Catalina
boats are still supported by a company that is still very much in business - SO - you can still call them up and order a new interior
or a complete set of standing rigging
for a fraction of what a custom interior or rigger would charge.
The open well lit interior is unlike the cave experience of many of the older boats out there - so a 1978 Catalina
is airy and easy to be in - a very different experience from almost all other brands from that time.
Start off with a reasonably "perfect" boat - meaning no real issues. Pricing is so low now that unless you are on the broke side of things - buying
a good boat is the way to go.
In almost all cases boats sell for 10-40% below asking. On older boats the price
may already be quite low - but even then you would be surprised how motivating constant monthly dock fees
can be to a seller.
Another Great reason to purchase
a good solid working boat is to have fun and not worry or be required to tinker. While you may enjoy tinkering - think about the rest of the crew - they should get a feel of the fun and not just have to pat you on the back all the time in hopes of finally getting out there.
If you can afford the jump to a Catalina 36
you gain a shower
- I consider it a requirement but I have to say I had a great time on my first boat which was a Cal
You can install a shower
in a Cat 30 no problem.
I have never lost
a dime on a boat - even after all expenses including dock fees
. I have only met one other person that can say this. I only purchase popular brands now and only ones that don't need much work if any. However I am currently redoing a very rough Power Boat
because I absolutely fell in love with the layout and I have no intention of ever selling it.
It is just as easy to get a great boat for pennies as it is to get a project
boat for pennies - though the price will be different: but if you take into account the actual cost of repair which is roughly 3 times the estimated cost of repair - generally the project boat is a looser by comparison ( a few projects does not make a project boat - they all have them - even new boats).
If you are buying
relatively New you can still find huge deals are out there all day long.
If you can afford a newish boat - 1990s and above - get one with a scoop on the stern - this is great for dogs
and all sorts of other things such as keeping fish
guts out of the cockpit
, showering off the back (they often come with a hand held shower wand - which also comes in handy for cleaning
off your big Lab and you and fish
guts and slime). And because you can stand next to the waterline you can grab dogs
and everyone else with relative ease. Scoops also help with getting on and off a dinghy
and putting on the engine and getting onto and off of a SUP or Kayak
. They are also a perfect place for dangling feet into the water and watching the sunset!