First, allow me to say 'hello' and 'first post'!
I've been lurking for the last few days and have learned a great deal just by doing that. But I decided to go ahead and join up
A little about myself. I'm in my mid-20's, single
, a handyman/diy type and a quick learner - on a low budget
I grew up around lakes and powerboats, but have never sailed and haven't had much experience on the ocean. I've been researching various kinds of housing for the past couple of years, from tipis to converted box trucks and school
buses. But, ever since the idea of living on a boat occurred to me, I've been hooked, so to speak
I've joined the forum today because I'm starting to look at boats, and I think I've found one that's promising. So I'm here for advice.
I've read many of your warnings against buying
boat and assuming that money
can be saved by simply fixing it up, and I understand why that doesn't work. However - my hunch is that this wouldn't necessarily be the case for a boat that's lived in a freshwater lake all its life - at least not to the same extent.
I've found such a boat, which I think I could probably get for $2k. I don't know what condition it's in, but it doesn't look terrible from the photos. I'm going to have a look this week if I can. It's a 30' sloop
parked at a marina in a lake just a few miles from me
My theory on why it's so cheap
is a combination of factors, but mostly a lack of interest in sailboats from lake boaters. (it was abandoned in exchange for overdue slip fees
My plan would essentially be to live on the boat for awhile on the lake, learning
the basics of sailing and boat living, making it seaworthy/livable, and saving up. Then, around this time next year, having it shipped to the nearest port city and berthed into the ocean.
If nothing else, the slip is so cheap that it may be worth it just to see if living on a boat is something I'm cut out for.
My main question is - regarding corrosion
issues - does anyone have experience, or know the difference between how sailboats generally fare in freshwater as compared with saltwater? Especially regarding things like the sails
, etc. How might I know if these are intact enough to use on the ocean? Anything in particular to look out for in a freshwater situation?