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Old 02-11-2012, 12:18   #1
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Aloha from the leeward side of Oahu

Hi everyone: I recently moved to Waianae, HI and would like to get back into sailing. I have limited experience cruising coastal waters on the East Coast. I grew up sailing a Bullseye during summers on Block Island. Later I chartered sailboats in the Chesapeake Bay and, for five seasons, owned an Edey & Duff Stone Horse.

I would like to buy a sailboat, probably this spring. I want to live aboard and get to know her. As I become more comfortable with the boat and her equipment, I want to start making cruises to the neighbor islands. Eventually, I would like to take extended journeys around the Pacific.

Currently, I am eying a 47 ft custom-built cutter listed at $95,000. She was built for blue water and has been cruised extensively over her 35 year life. The hull is constructed of four layers of yellow cedar strips and appears to be in awesome condition. I know that it would be smarter to buy a good production sailboat but I can't get around the fact that esthetics are a major component of my pleasure and pride of ownership.

I welcome ideas and am pleased to be a part of this forum.
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Old 15-11-2012, 13:44   #2
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Re: Aloha from the leeward side of Oahu

Aloha and welcome aboard!
Is the boat you are looking at local to Hawaii? If not, and it doesn't have a slip currently you'd be better off putting your name in at every harbor in the islands so that you eventually will get a slip for whatever boat you decide to buy.
47' is an awful lot of boat. Have you considered the cost for slip or moorage?
Just asking because a lot of folks are very surprised to know that there are very few mooring opportunities for liveaboard here in the islands.
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