Originally Posted by tuffr2
My absolute max is 120k. My plan is to find something I like at the Annapolis show and go back in years until I can find one in my price range.
I am encouraged that they do make cats that can be sailed single handed.
In the next week or so I will make a trip to the east coast
to look for 30' to 34' cats since I have never been on one.
Don't disagree with any of that. But would suggest you ask some questions or lurk to get some idea about buying
used boats. Not saying there are no pitfalls in buying
new boats as well.
But to some extent I think the best way to proceed is to check out the used boat
market and see what is there instead of focusing on one particular make of boat and looking for that make. I looked at a PDQ
and a Gemini and a Shuttleworth
. Quite frankly I liked the Shuttleworth
better than the other two. But I would up with a Seawind
which I liked better than any of those three.
But to a great extent the choice of the Seawind
was based on its condition. The previous owner had done a good job of refitting it. The only real upgrade I did was getting a Honda
2000. None of the other boats were close to being ready to go.
One decision you will need to make no matter which make of boat you get is how much you want/need to refit
as opposed to getting one ready to cruise