Originally Posted by TopoJoe
61 yo, retired, wanting to buy a live aboard, single
hander for sailing the Caribbean
. I have sailed a 25 footer on fresh water
and ran 24' and 58' power boats in the Fl Keys. I'd like something from 32' to 38'. My budget
is $20 to $50K for initial purchase
. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
A lot of your powerboat skills will directly translate to operating a sailboat under power. Most of the electrical
and boat systems are the same as well. You've already sailed a bit in 25 footers.
Not sure what advice you are needing. My advice is buy a sailboat and get going!
- Don't buy a project
- Buy what you can afford
- Don't get stuck in analysis paralysis (tons of boats will do what you want)
I like boats.com for boat searches although there are other sites - This search should list over 200 boats in the southeast that could be candidates for you...
Plenty of folks here with specific experience on different boats once you narrow it down a bit.
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