We are buying
our first boat on a small budget
. no room for mistakes
What we want to do with the boat is sail from Seattle
, and the Cook Islands
. And from there who knows... we plan to keep sailing.
Our search began with boats between 36' and 40'. However we could not find anything in our price
range that didn't need repairs
So we have decided to look at smaller boats. 30' to 35'.
We have been leaning towards these boats - Aberg 30, Cape Dory
30, Spencer 35, Hans Christian 33. However one can not always find what they want to buy at the price
they can afford...
We have come across two boats for sale
at our price in our area. A Grampian
30' and the Rawson
30'. The Grampian
was not on our list as it is not really a 'bluewater' sailboat. However, It seems to have some of the characteristics of a 'bluewater' sailboat. The Rawson 30' is on our list, but it is lacking some of the things that we like about the Grampian.
Having never sailed either of these boats, yet... I am hoping I could get some advice about which boat would be the better buy.
Both boats were well taken care of by their owners. Both boats are ready to sail. Both boats are in our price range.
However, the owner of the Grampian has added so many extras to the boat that it has made it a much more attractive buy. The additions include, a solid pilot house, solar panels
, new roller furling
, new winches, etc. The bad thing about this boat is - it is not a full keel
and we unsure about durability of the rudder
. As well, the deisel engine
is the original, still works, but for how long?
The Rawson, has had no updates, but the engine
is in top shape, and it is a full keel
boat... which we think would be safer.
So do we give up the safety
of the Rawson for the Grampian when we are not sure how she will fair offshore
? Or is the Grampian fine in bluewater?
Thank you in Advance!