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Old 20-09-2015, 17:50   #1
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Where to find the right boat?

Hi there,
I've been prowling around for a while, and it's high time to say hello. I'm fresh out of college, living in New Orleans and looking to liveaboard. Classic tale...

Plenty of Marina options, but finding a boat is tough. My budget is pretty low. I've more or less arbitrarily set 10K as my cap, even though I'll need a loan regardless.

At first I was pretty picky in terms of what I wanted: dead set on something akin to the Alberg 30 or other similar fullish keel designs. I still love the look of these boats, but have relaxed my desired attributes to include fin keels with skeg hung rudders, but would need some convincing to go with a spade rudder. It just makes me a little nervous I guess.

My issue is, around here (i.e. New Orleans to Pensacola, an area I've decided is reasonable for me to travel to check out a boat) seems to deal only in Catalinas and O'Days etc. I'd like to be able to hit the Caribbean as well as up the east coast, and the ICW isn't exactly enchanting. I ain't knocking the catalinas, I've sailed on a c22 for years, but I'd like something a bit stouter.

Searched Craigslist, Sailboat Listings, and Yacht World but haven't found anything that really flies my hair back. I'm willing to do some labor within reason, but wary of really rough project boats. In high school I bought a disgusting Alfa Romeo Spider in the rain from someones front yard, and worked on it ($$$) until I got it running and realized that the cost to get it looking good now that it was running would have me spending far more than if I had purchased a mint version in the first place. I parted it out and just broke even after almost 5 years. Anyway, that lesson is learned.

Done some week longs with buddies in the keys on a Morgan Out Island 41. Got a buddy with a deep pocketed dad that brought me along on a BVI Moorings Cat charter - that boat was ridiculous. Been sailing as long as I can remember, and ready to stop paying rent.

Ultimately my questions are these: what are other models to look at that I'm missing? Where else can I look? What kind of boat can I realistically expect?

Found a great looking Albin Vega for around 7k but I'm 6' tall. It is tempting me still....
I've seen some CD28s, Bristol 27s, and such, but they're either too far away or already sold. Hoping to pick your brains a bit. Let me know what you think, or if you need any more info from me.
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Duncan
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Old 20-09-2015, 19:34   #2
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Ck out the north shore. Madisonville and Mandeville.


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Old 21-09-2015, 06:05   #3
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Duncan.
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Old 21-09-2015, 15:02   #4
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Thanks!
Have you guys had the most luck looking online i.e. craigslist? Or specific sites like Yacht World and Sailboat listings? Or elsewhere? Those of you who bought a used boat, where did you find it?
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Old 21-09-2015, 15:20   #5
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

In your price range, you aren't going to want to use broker sites, like yachtworld. Stick with craigslist, local newspapers and local websites in order to purchase directly from the owner.

You should also be walking the docks and making connections, as good deals often come from someone who needs to sell quickly for one reason or another.

Where are you planning on getting a loan from? Few lenders will consider an old boat as collateral.
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Welcome Aboard CF!

Good intro post.

You seem to be checking the right places. It just may take some time, flexibility, and ability to purchase when you find the right boat for you.

You mentioned the Alberg and that you are 6' tall. So I suppose you mean you did not have enough headroom? Or what? Please elaborate.

Here is a thread that may help you.
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Old 21-09-2015, 15:37   #7
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Thanks for the info. Greenhand: looking into credit unions mostly. Might have to go with a higher interest option, but for a boat under 10 k it shouldn't take too long to pay off. Any other suggestions?
Steady: The Albin Vega I was talking about has 5'10" headroom. I'd like to be able to stand while cooking at least... Patience is good advice, but I'm getting antsy, you know?
Thanks for the thread, I'll check it out.
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Not completely sure but I think there is a Bristol for sale in Mandeville.


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Old 23-09-2015, 11:21   #9
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Thanks! do you remember where you saw it?
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Your price range is too low for most brokers or online sites to be of use.

Many marinas will make it difficult or impossible to liveaboard in your budget.

A loan for what you propose will also be a challenge.

Craigslist and living on the hook might be an option.

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Old 23-09-2015, 11:46   #11
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Thanks for your comment...

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Seafarer 26' Sailboat | eBay

Seafarer 26 with trailer asking 7500. I'd need to haul it down here, but I have a pickup truck. Seems like the asking price might be a little high? Maybe not with the trailer...
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Anyone have any thoughts on this:

Watkins 27' Sailboat

The wheel replacement isn't particularly desirable, but it seems a decent boat.

Or similar but with CB:
1980 Watkins 27 for sale

Unfortunately there is no kbb for used boats... Deciding a fair price seems to be the hard part.
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

Rick delaune has it listed
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Old 23-09-2015, 13:18   #14
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

I'll Check it out, thanks.

Anyone heard of this:
33' Glander sailboat
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Re: Where to find the right boat?

After reading your post I read a review of the 33' Glander in Southwinds Magazine. Read it at: www.southwindsmagazin.com/sailboat-reviews.php

I knew a guy in Jacksonville that had one of these. The 3' shoal draft opportunity is a great choice for the Keys, Florida Gulf Coast & Bahamas
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