I am hoping to get some input from experienced sailors/liveaboards regarding which boats you members would consider likely prospects as a liveaboard/part-time cruiser.
firstly, I have no experience sailing. I spent a week on a friends cal
30 as an untrained gopher( calling myself crew would be a misrepresentation!) and caught the bug.
some info to help you all narrow the field is as follows
I am considering sailboats exclusively
30-35 foot range seems ideal for me as I would eventually single
how)florida coast st. augustine/jax area
I would be at a marina or mooring
ball near same and would spend about a year working ashore fulltime as I learned to sail. with plans for coastal cruising N. carolina to florida
I am 6'1'' and prefer not to duck
I will be buying
used, and have sailing friends to help with an initial inspection
before having it surveyed
I have been looking for a few months on the usual used boat
sites, sailboatlistings,boattrader, etc.. and have found several that caught my eye, and met my pricerange of 10k or less.
I understand repairs
are to be expected and unavoidable. I have looked at and liked Bristol, newport
, and columbia
boats in the 27 to 35 foot range.
so what say you all? input?? laughs of derision?