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Old 26-02-2014, 21:16   #31
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Re: Single Handed Live aboard for two?

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Another thing I learned when buying boats, I researched and read everything I could find. While looking online I found a few boats that were just what I was looking for, and I just knew it was the boat for me. One of those boats was in Virginia. Once I actually went to look at it, I remember stepping onboard and going below and it just didn't feel right, something just didn't fit. I have only purchased 2 sailboats so I don't have as much experience as others. When I went to look at the boat I'm currently living on, I sat down in the cockpit and looked around and after 2 minutes I said to myself..."Yep, this is my boat." To me, the boat has to feel right. Not sure if that makes sense or not.

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Old 26-02-2014, 22:21   #32
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Re: Single Handed Live aboard for two?

Thanks again you guys, this is awesome.
I am so green and yet I almost feel like a sailboat snob and I don't even own one yet. I know what I think looks good. I know what is important to me on a personal level. I don't think I could walk down a gang every time I went out and say, Man am I glad that I bought that ugly shoebox cookie cutter boat, she is so solid I didn't spend hardly anything to make her seaworthy.
I am I have decided going to hire both a 30ish and a 36ish boat when in Florida next and just see how they feel from that perspective. My only sailing so far has been on my sons 24 foot c and c I bought him.
I am going to stay the course I am plotting given my own knowledge of boats, markets, the art of buying and selling. I am going to learn as much as I can from books and forums to help calculate as close as I can what I need vs what I want and what I can afford. Take that and build my list. Make a visual on each finalist using what I know and what I am learning, enlisting the help of others I can find who know more and have time or inclination. If I find one that fits the bill to that point, make a conditional offer and have a survey done. That's my plan. Any Holes?

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