Originally Posted by Brandywine
We are starting to try and put dates around our cruising plans and after reading the new vs. used thread it got me to thinking how long did it take most of you to find your cat?
I'm afraid this is one of those questions like "How high is up?" Unanswerable.
I'm not meaning to be a wiseguy, Brandywine, but I think the answer really depends on the individual buyer, so there is no single
I've been looking for about two years, now, and I've "bought" three different boats. That is, I reached an agreement to purchase
each of them, but no sale
has yet been consummated. The first vessel, a Manta
40, I agreed to buy on the basis of its pictures - then rejected after about ten minutes aboard. No need for a survey
in that case.
The second and third both made it through survey
, but were each rejected on the basis of those survey results when no agreement could be negotiated that made going through with the purchase
of either one a good idea. So, it's cost me a few thousand dollars for those surveys and going down to St. Pete to see the Manta
for myself, but I've probably saved many, many thousands and a lot of aggravation by rejecting all of them.
Of course, it can take a very short amount of time, as well. When Ali and Pat Schulte bought the Wildcat 35 Bumfuzzle,
it took less than two days to find their boat and sign the contract
. From the intro to their logs
in 2003, comes the following:
"Fourth of July weekend found us in Fort Lauderdale
. We had taken a four day weekend to fly down and have a look at boats. We had a couple in mind already and I was actually pretty sure I knew exactly what boat we were going to buy, a Fountaine Pajot Tobago
, a 35 foot catamaran
. And that was the first boat we looked at, ever. We climbed on and were shocked by how small it was. The pictures on the internet
had made it seem a lot bigger, but in actuality the inside of this boat was tiny. We looked at a half dozen other boats in the morning, some older Prouts that needed too much work, some bigger boats that we liked but were twice as expensive as what we had come down to spend. And then we saw her, a 35 foot Wildcat catamaran
. She had only been launched 8 months earlier and when we climbed aboard we knew right away that it was the boat for us. It had twice the interior
space of the Tobago
, it was clean, and it didn't need months of work to get her ready to go sailing. Not exactly the things most sailors go looking for in a boat, but those were our specifications, good or bad.
We signed the papers on the boat that day, went back to the hotel
and called the airline, rebooked ourselves on the next days flight and were back in Chicago for the fireworks on the Fourth of July. "
Of course, if you read all of their logs
, you will learn that that was perhaps a hasty and much lamented decision.
I concur with swarren that finding what you want on the west coast could take a long time. Shopping
for a catamaran on the east coast
will vastly increase the selection. And, unless you have the means to have a vessel purchased this time of year delivered out of the southeast or Caribbean
to an area out of the hurricane
belt, I'd wait until after the 'cane season to take possession.