Its the question that's been asked many times... what kind of boat is best for me?
OK, so, right now I am in the market for my very own boat (been borrowing a friend's 23' all summer) and I find myself asking the same question, trawling forums
Got 3 young kids
3-7 years old, sail 100% on big lake (Champlain), occasionally have 1-3 guests on the boat (yes 8 is crowded on the deck
of a 23'!).
Not super interested in going fast, but would like do do the odd 1-2 night trip with the whole family
. I can't see us doing week long trips.
I don't think I'll be trailing the boat all over creation. Champlain has years of exploration in it, but I might bring the boat home over winter to work on it easier (we live an hour + away from the marina).
is $6-9000 all in.
My conclusions so far are...
28' to 30' boats seem to be a jump in price
. In my budget
range that means older 70's boats.
24' seems a minimum size for young family
24'-28' range seems to be 80's boats in my budget
and here is the big one....
Much of the boat price
seems to be in after market equipment
, and at the end of the day, much of this seems to be the same. The same electronics
, motors etc etc.
So, do I go for an older boat with an older foundation (hull/rigging, etc etc) that is a little bigger, or something smaller and newer?
If I move a move, at most once a year, do I need the swing keel water
ballasted trailer-R-Us boat?