I have been trawling around the internet
for sometime now and have found the thoughts and advice from CF to be very helpful and often amusing, thank you.
Here is my plan,
I currently live in the UK on a 25 footer (tomahawk 25), i will be heading to the US in March/April to purchase
my next boat.
I am not familiar with the US It will be my first time there, I have chosen the US because it is English
speaking and the variety of good cheap
old boats is far superior to purchasing
a similar vessel here in the UK.
Plus it will be much more of an adventure and warmer.
I wish to buy a full keel
boat 27-32 foot, budget
of 10000 – 20000 dollars for initial purchase
and 5000 dollars for upgrades etc.
My sailing skills are basic (RYA Day Skipper) but I have lived on boats for many years, I plan to start slowly with gentle day sails
, build up skills and experience before coastal cruising to Mexico
and Central America
I am seeking advice and opinions on good locations to start my boat search AND start my cruising, I am thinking Florida
My problem being that the longer I spend looking for a boat the more I spend from my cruising budget
, I appreciate it involves luck and ‘right place, right time’ etc but where would you go looking for one of these boats or similar? Where would I increase my chances by viewing the most boats?
28 - alberg
Bristol 32 - Ted Hood/Dieter Empacher
sea sprite 28/29 - bill luders
bristol 27 - alberg
downeaster 32 - bob poole
alberg 29/30 - Alberg
vanguard 32/34 - Phillip Rhodes
Also any thoughts on my boat list, things to look for when buying
and any other boat recommendations appreciated, I know this has been covered a lot on other threads but I think it is useful for people doing research
to have certain findings of in-depth threads re-posted, thanks
In short, if you were to rock up in the USA to buy a boat to sail to mexico/central America where would you start????