First let me start by saying this is my first post, but I have been reading the posts on hear for over a year and I have found a lot of great info, so thanks everyone
Now on to my question. I have found the "what is the best boat" question on here tons of times using the search function, so I am not going to ask that, but I have to admit that it is kind of related.
I have been researching and looking at as many sailboats as I can for at least two years, and it is time. The reason why I have been waiting is mainly money
, I don't have much of it (I am a graduate student) so I had to save up, plus I didn't want to buy the wrong boat. I know what I want in a boat, because I know what I want to do with it, but I am having a hard time finding the right boat. I am hoping to find a boat that I love, get it ready to live on and move aboard this summer when my lease
is up in my apartment. The major limiting factor is that I have probably about $12,000 to spend, maybe $15,000. I was hoping I could find something a little cheaper than this so I could have some extra to put into it if needed (like maybe a stove if it doesn't have one, or a fridge I don't know, but the extra money
would be nice). I am not planning on doing much cruising in it right now (I need to finish school
, I have about a year left in my program), I might do some coastal cruising in a couple years. So because it will be at the dock
a lot the first year, I don't mind getting about that needs a little work, as long as it is more work and less money. Another thing that I would want if I am going to live on it is standing headroom
(or almost standing headroom) at least in the galley
. This isn't that important, but I think it would be a lot easier to live on if I can stand up while I am cooking
. Because of this I think I need something in the 27'-30' range, oh and I am around 6'1"-6'2" just so everyone knows. I have looked at Pearson's, Catalina's, Newport's, Miller's, ect... All ranging from 26'-30' in length. I have found some that I liked, but nothing that I loved. Well, I found a Alberg 30 for sale
that is pretty close to me (about 60 miles away). Normally these are just at the edge of my price
range ($15,000), but this guy is asking $11,500. I have never been on board an Alberg 30
, so I don't really know what to expect because pictures online can't show you everything, but from the pictures I did see I liked the looks of the boat. I have been reading everything I can find on them, and there is a huge community, so help on maintenance
should be easy to find, plus I love the looks of a more classic looking boat. They aren't exactly set up the best to liveaboard
, but I would have around $3,000 dollars to put into it as well. So my question really is what do the experts think, do you think an Alberg
30 would do, how does the space on one compare to something like a Newport
28 (I have seen a lot of these, that is why I want to use it as a comparison). The beam on an Alberg
30 is pretty small for a boat that long, it is only 8'9". I have read that the boats are build very well, and that they age well (this one is a 1974), but the only downside I have really found is the small beam will give me less storage/living space. Is there anything else I should worry about or know about these boats. What other boats would to recommend looking at. I tried to find a Pearson
Triton close by, but there isn't any for sale
I live in Bellingham, Washington
by the way, so if you know of any 27'-30' boats in Washington
that would fit my list (less than $15,000, at least 6'1" headroom
, suitable storage/living space for liveaboard
, ect...), just drop me an email
So I am planning on going up to check this boat out on Sunday, is there anything I should really look for when looking to buy a used, older boat?
Any information that you want to share is welcome. I am pretty new to the sailboating world, so any advice is appreciated. Boat suggestions to check out, galley
, living and storage
space necessities, really anything.
Well I think it is time to end this post, it is already so long that most people probably wont read it.
Thanks in advance,