First, I need to thank all those who have contributed to numerous threads over the past years. We have been bareboat charter
sailors for awhile (BVI and West Indies) and so have been looking toward the dream and the dream boat.
Thanks in part to this forum and to our friends who will be raising the hook and starting their adventure in a few weeks, my wife and I realize the dream doesn't need the dream boat and we better get started. This is where your advice, opinions, and even some mad rantings would be nice.
"We" are Carrie and Ron. Together for 10yrs now and living in Plano, Tx. Within a few years, Carrie will probably take early retirement
and I am trying to work the business into a semi-retirement level, then spend most our time in Kema, Clearlake, Galveston area on a liveaboard
. With Lake Texoma having such a sailing community an hour north of us, we have decided to start there instead of the coast.
*Purchase a boat in the 33' to 40' range.
*Transaction to be < $50k.
*Will need a genset (This can be added but need to know if the boat has room)
*Space to comfortably sleep 4 (We will have friends up and while privacy is not much of an issue, comfort is.
*Depending on the deal, I am looking to purchase
within a few hundred mile radius of Dallas inland, along the gulf coast
, and up the Atlantic to around Charleston.
*Autopilot. Its just a lake but there will be a lot of weekdays that I would like to work off the boat with the notebook.
Boats I am currently going to look at:
36, $15k and needs work
S&S 38, $37k and in great shape
S&S 38 with dinghy
, $45k Great shape, lots of new equip, in Miami
35, $39k, Great shape
33, 39k Great shape
382, $39k Great shape
(Great shape is pics and owners claims,,,sooo,,,"TBD" might be more accuarate
We will be looking at these this weekend, and of course will be getting a survey
before any purchase
I would like any insight, advice, or cautionary information on a particular boat.
Thanks in advance