My first sailboat was an O'Day 21. Shoal draft
. Picked it up for $2K when I was stationed in Norfolk. It had very tired sails
but they were still usable for day sailing
. Everything else on the boat was in perfect working order, including the Johnson 9hp outboard
. Too small for overnighting with a family, but was a fun little boat to sail and learn on. Kept it at the Naval Base marina which was great because I could call the wife on a Friday afternoon, walk off whichever ship I was stationed on and meet her and a couple of friends at the marina with dinner and refreshments in hand for an evening sail.
Later upgraded to a Cal
27 (for about $4k I think) that needed a bit of work on the interior
but nothing major. Sold the O'day for what I paid for it. And had even more fun since we could overnight with friends.
Point of my post here is that the convenience of having the boat in the water
at the base where I was stationed and having it ready to go at a moment's notice made our sailing experiences much more enjoyable and hassle free. My division officers on the ship would ask what my plans were for the evening..."Well Sir, going to drop the top on my restored MGB and then hop over to the marina, step aboard my "yacht" and have a twilight dinner on the Ches Bay with friends. And your plans Sir? "Umm, shopping
with the wife (sigh)". For a, then, 26-year old Navy
sailor...well, felt like we were like those rich folks you see in all those fancy sailing magazines. Was living the dream!