Originally Posted by NigelD
What was said about buying something that can actually sail, even if it needs a little (ie. a LOT!) of work seems wise to me. Fixing it in stages such that it can still sail - also great advice.
Decision made, now the fun starts
- buying a boat!
Lots of opinions on what to buy (small and as a first boat), here is mine
1) If in the sub 25 foot market, especially sub 22 foot I would get a boat with an outboard
. Overall an i/b is "better", but not so much you will greatly notice unless doing extended passages under motor
. Main plus is that an o/b powered boat will be cheaper than an inboard, and given the vintage of the boats your budget
will dictate the inboard is very likely to be original and the o/b not
, not to say that the o/b will any good!, but swapping an o/b is a helluva lot cheaper and easier than an i/b....and lot easier to find a s/h outboard
that will fit than an i/b.
2) Of course make her seaworthy
, if not already - water coming up = bad, water coming down = a PITA, but can be lived with in moderation.....so don't bother resealing all the windows and the stanchions. and cleats
- mastic is your freind
....and only then if the drip(s) outweigh the aggro.
You want the mast
to stay up and the sails
to work decently (age / use will make them less efficient and eventually beyond useless - even when no holes in them!). the keel
well attached and same for the rudder
(and still nicely connected to the tiller).........but don't get sucked into trying to make her "just so" and therefore pumping oodles of time and money into her, as you won't be getting any of that back upon resale! Boats same as everything else - can't turn a sows ear into a silks purse, the boats you will be looking at never looked like a 2013 Beneteau
when new, nothing you do now will change that 20/30/40 years later. Aim for sound, clean and functional - and use the 10 foot test (things only have to look good from more than 10 feet away!, after a while you won't notice imperfections even closer than that!)......a good clean goes a long way and so does a splash of paint
(but don't do the whole boat!). For mod cons limit self to stuff you can later unbolt for the next boat, or stuff that comes from Pound World
.....i.e. if no cushions
onboard it only really matters when you purchase
(as an argument for a price
drop!), and doesn't matter at all later if you never s;eep on her - and if you do ask how many berths you need, and then get to B&Q or Ebay etc for something you can kip on - will it fit? Of course not!. does it matter? not when you are asleep!........same for much else of mod cons and luxuries.
With a fair wind
and bit of fore thought on the purchase
you will sell her in a couple of years
..........but you will always look back on her with much affection - even though you will later appreciate a few more feet
3) don't get hung on making any "Great passages" - you can learn most things within a few miles of your home port.........including plenty of ways to sink and drown
4) Get some training on Navigation
(it's not rocket science) - don't become a slave to a Chartplotter
. Yer wouldn't follow a Satnav blindly? - both best used when you
know that they are making life easier. and they do!, just neither a substitute for own brain.