My wife and I have been sailing for a year. ASA
101, & 103 are handled. 104 is next week. We took our classes
out of Santa Barbara as the price
was unbeatable compared to many other certification
programs in CA. We've been chartering Catalinas (22-42ft) out of Southern California marinas
to get as much experience as possible. We've also crewed for a friend in SF Bay
with a Hunter
33 numerous times.
This years worth of chartering and crewing
has really helped us identify our needs in a boat. What is important to us became apparent as time aboard different vessels came and went. After reading lots and lots of blogs and CF and Sailnet threads and watching hours and hours of cruiser and/or boat repair videos we had finally defined what we needed to accommodate ourselves and members of our family
that we might invite aboard.
started with a rainy day cold soggy boat show
in Richmond California
(SF Bay) where a Lagoon
38 & 400 were on display. My wife was not able to attend but I had to step aboard to evaluate space and amenity possibilities. We knew our budget
would preclude us from buying
new, but I / we needed to see a real cat and feel the space (or lack of) around us.
A 38 was clearly too small for our needs. A 40 was barely workable. We did more homework all spring and summer and realized our budget
was needing a bump. We bumped it twice actually, sad to see what 42-45ft cats go for as a buyer, but happy in a way as someday when I sell I may get much of it back.
Back to this boat show
in Richmond, I met the Bali dealer there from Cruising Yachts (Marina del Ray) and swapped numbers so I would have a broker contact I could use when the time came to get a USED cat.
Eventually my broker Jack followed up on a link I had sent him weeks prior when I was just looking.
2008 Leopard OWNERS VERSION 40 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
He called quite enthusiastic to say it was low hours, like new, and very reasonably priced.
My wife and I did even more homework and looked like mad for anything else like it or better. We are sitting in Trinidad right now after a weekend of inspecting the boat, survey
, sea trial, haul out
. Happy to see it is just as beautiful as photos online suggest it to be (rare thing). Not sure how long the above yacht world link will work. Might get removed now we are under contract
Wanting to share with someone who gets it, I needed to stop lurking here and actually say "Hi". Also to say we very much appreciate all the knowledge floating around both here and Sailnet. We'll keep reading as now we're in it for good.
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