Good morning folks
I went shopping
This is only the second sail boat I've ever "been on" - this one on dry land, the other one was on the water, but we never sailed.
I was surprised at "how big" a boat is on a trailer. Wow. For a 28 foot boat that is about 11 feet at the beam, it sure seemed bigger sitting up on the trailer.
Conversely, it sure seemed little inside. hahaha
owner of the "Nexus" has had it for just over 10 years. The previous owner apparently raced it back and forth in some of the lakes here in Colorado.
The boat is in good condition. The tiller arm is in horrible shape - but, I can build one or buy a new arm. The current
owner is somewhat like me, electronically and electrically inclined and he has built a nice wiring
setup to power the lights and various devices, including a depth sounder
and has wiring
for radios, but no radios.
The inside was very clean and neat, the outside, the mast no so well. It's been sitting on the trailer since the year before and he and his GF haven't put the boat in water due to other things.
He's had no other lookers as of yet so I'm not in a rush to make this decision.
Here's my pros and cons:
Wow... it's bigger than I expected (next to my jeep)
I've been having second, third and fourth thoughts about this (it's 8500 bucks, I'm trying to pay bills off so I can hit the ocean)... So there are pros and cons here.
Boat is here
Boat is inexpensive ($8500 US)
Boat is big enough to get a feel for a big boat
I can learn here - don't have to wait til I get to an ocean
It's a big, but BASIC Boat
We can trailer it to lakes near by
I can PROBABLY pull it with my Jeep Cherokee (I think, more research
on this to come)
Needs some work I can do
I can get out sailing next weekend
I might have to get a small loan to buy it
We can use it to learn to sail
We can use it to learn basic things about boats
Owner says he will help me set up the mast, take it down, teach me all about the boat
Says he will be happy to go out with me any time and show me anything about sailing
(Says if someone invites him sailing he won't turn down the invite!) haha
It's kinda big (bigger than I expected) - Mostly to move.
Inside is really small (a LOT SMALLER than I expected)
Needs some work (I have to spend some money)
I can NOT store it at my house
I will have to store it at a slip in Pubelo (40 mi away) (200 bucks a month)
I will have to store it in dry storage
(No idea of the monthly storage fees
I eventually will have to re-sell it.
It's kinda old (1992 or so)
Had two owners - the most recent one for the last 10 years
Haven't seen the sails
(he said they are good though)
Storing it makes it hard to work on
Storing it costs money
Storing it means I have to MOVE it every time I want to work on it or take it out sailing
I agree with Divecoz with a few caveats -
Reef early, don't take her in known rough condiitons and pay attention to ballast.
There are a few in Singapore waters now. One based at our club.
Here's what the builder says.
Hey Ex-Calif, thanks for the notations, and I'd already read them. I've been digging extensively through the main site for MacGregor, and I've checked other forums
and this one to see what people had to say about it so I was aware of that information.
We're not really planning on taking this boat to the sea, although depending on whether we're comfortable with it we might try the coast in the Gulf later down the road.
We'll mostly be on relatively small inland lakes for the time being until we're comfortable with the various aspects of sailing (and learning) then we'll planning on going out in a few Colorado "storms" to make sure we can deal with bad weather. Hey, training is training, isn't it?
Starfish, check your PMs.
Finally.... Spoke to my wife this morning. We've both "slept" on this. She wants to go see the boat this weekend for herself. We're still considering just a dinghy
for local use. We can EASILY store it, haul it on a trailer, play with it whenever we want, practice, etc. So... perhaps something "too big" is too big.
I know several have given the advice of "the best sailors are those that learned in a dinghy" and several have said that was not necessarily true.
Either way, I see that learning
and each teacher and student has their own methods (having been a college teacher for a while, I know that some people simply don't learn no matter how badly you beat them over the head!)