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Old 06-12-2013, 08:38   #1
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Where Would you Look?

Hi,

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 or California

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?

cape dory 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
pearson 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????


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Old 06-12-2013, 08:48   #2
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Re: where would you look?

San Diego/San Francisco...my ten cents.
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Re: where would you look?

I’d begin by searching Yachtworld listings.
Boats for Sale, New and Used Boats and Yachts - YachtWorld.com

Ft Lauderdale, Fla, is a good place from which to base a physical search; and also a good place from which to begin warm-water cruising.
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Sailboat Listings - sailboats for sale
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Re: Where Would you Look?

California has apppeal, but it also has a higher cost of living than the Southeast US as well as waiting lists for many slips and more restrictive anchorages. Fort Lauderdale has a huge market for boats; however, North Florida costs are often less than South Florida. The US East Coast offers more protected anchorages, inlets and access to short distance islands through the Bahamas and Caribbean while the Pacific Coast, though beautiful, has long distances without easy all weather inlets. Regardless of where you choose, narrowing your boat prospects online will save much travel. Good luck and keep us posted of your adventure!
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I would say Florida as it’s more protected water than California is non protected Pacific Ocean. I would also be looking at bigger capable boats.
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cheers people,

I have researched boats on yachtworld, sailboat listings etc etc for over a year. I have good feel for what i will get for my money but until i am on US soil it has limitations. I have to fly somewhere and are seeking opinions to where may be best to find the boats on my list whilst also offering good local cruising grounds.

captForce - thanks this is the sort of information i am seeking.

also information regarding where boats on my list were built and potential hotspots much appreciated.

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Re: Where Would you Look?

I would also suggest south Florida which includes Ft Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach all within about 100 Km. Compared to south California it is cheaper to stay, easier to get around and easy cruising for a relatively inexperienced boater.

But also agree you could save yourself a lot of time and money by checking out listings online before coming over.

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thanks rw58ph and skipmac, i will certainly be spending time on the listings prior to flying but i still want to try to pick a state, book a flight and head out. One of the other problems i have is not being able to look at many of these boats in the UK beforehand.

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My concern is that many of the boats you list are going to be quite rare, and are heavier designs. Not that you won't find them in Florida, but they are more likely to be found in the North East where you see more heavy weather than is typical of Florida.
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Based on my shopping experience, most brokers look down on boats priced under $30.

I would add to your list of publications Craigslist, that has listings there are 99% by-owner of smaller boats. But there are some real dogs on that list! Sailboatlistings.com also has many by-owner listings and appears to have better listings.


There is this guy who wants to move up and is selling a nice Tartan 33 for $24....
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I like your thinking boatman, not sure about that hard dodger!! basically i have spent so long looking at boats online i am starting to go mad.......i need to see them......wont be long now.......

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thanks snore, if the tartan is still for sail in the new year i would like to take a look.
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