Originally Posted by Hootuk Myrum
Thanks all! I'm leaning towards a Beneteau
but I really need to learn how to assess a boat with a more critical eye.
I've done hours of searching and daydreaming on Yachtworld.com, but I'm thinking the Craigslist/private owner sale
may be the way to go. Are yacht brokers anything like used car salesmen?
I mainly want a live aboard but would also need a boat with some pedigree for blue water
Hootuk, there's a lot of junk on Craigslist that's there because a broker wouldn't take it. Do you have friends who sail? Do you have any who know a lot about sailboats? You should take someone with you to look the boat over. Then if you think you've found a good one, hire a marine surveyor
and make sure the boat is sound. Having a friend look first, even paid, is much cheaper than having surveys on several boats that are in very rough condition.
I did this. He found places on one boat where the wood was so dry-rotted he could stick his finger right through it. The oil
in the engine was a thick as peanut butter. It had been a great boat once, but he found those two things so easily I told him to just stop looking at it.
On another boat, friend lifted the floorboards and looked at the keel
. the bolts were all rusted. Two had already broken and the other six were in really bad shape. The keel
was about to fall off. Oops.
I've been where you are. It's really important to get a boat that's basically sound.