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Old 09-10-2013, 13:07   #1
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Bill in Beaufort SC

Hey all. I am looking into buying my 1st sailboat. (I have 2 power boats.) I am budgeting $5,000 for the sailboat. I understand I will probably sell the 1st one anyway. I have never been on a sailboat. The boat will be used for cruising up and down the east coast. Mainly in the SC GA FL area and eventually down to the Bahamas and possibly Puerto Rico.

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Old 09-10-2013, 19:40   #2
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Hi Bill...Welcome to the forum. Glad to see you going the route of a sailor.
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Old 09-10-2013, 20:00   #3
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I would take lessons ASA101-103 before you buy the sailboat. Sailing Schools - Learn to Sail with American Sailing Association | ASA
$5k won't get you much of a boat - that's the repair bill for my smallest boat.
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Old 09-10-2013, 20:10   #4
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Welcome aboard, and good luck.
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Welcome aboard Bill, look for a good used Catalina 27 or 30 or even a Hunter 27 or 30. Small enough to learn on and large enough to spend sometime in your home waters getting experience....
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Bill.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:19   #7
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Re: Bill in Beaufort SC

Thanks all.

$5,000 may not buy alot of boat but it will allow me to see if I enjoy sailing. If I do not like it I can resell the boat. Odds are I will sell it even if I enjoy sailing and buy a better boat.

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Old 10-10-2013, 06:13   #8
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You can get a lot of boat for 5k these days. I just saw a turnkey mid 30s c&c get cut up and parted out because it didnt sell at 2K. Love Beaufort. One place I felt welcome by the community and town when cruising the ICW. I wish more places were like your home.
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Re: Bill in Beaufort SC

My sailing club in Miami Coconut Grove Sailing Club periodically impounds a boat for non-payment of mooring fees, gets legal title and then sells them for very reasonable low prices. It is worth giving them a call.

It is worth calling boat yards to see if they have done the same thing for non-payment.

CGSC also has an excellent adult sailing instruction program (USSail). It is a lovely sail back from Miami to Beaufort.

Welcome to the sailing fraternity!
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:02   #10
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Beaufort is an awesome place. I have been stationed here for 2 years and plan to return after I finish school in a year. Going to Wyotech in Daytona (Ormond Beach) Looking to stay in a sailboat for the year I am there.

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I am still active duty for about 90 days. I can sail from Miami to Beaufort after.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. Thanks for your service and good luck in whatever boat you choose. Catalina 25 or 27, Columbia 26 or 28, are the ones I'm most familiar with. They'd be a good first sailing adventure.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:21   #13
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While your shopping.... Have a friend who does police impounds as part of his towing/recovery business. PM me and if your interested and I can introduce you and he will call when he gets boats in you may be interested in before theyre dismantled and discarded/parted out. W central fl.
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PM sent. Thank you.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:40   #15
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With three boats in Carolina waters, your gonna be changing a lot of zincs. Hope you will like sailing.
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