Originally Posted by jimmyn
Hello everyone, or should I say “Ahoy” (sorry I just couldn’t help myself)
I live on the central coast of California and have been boating, fishing and loving the ocean since I can remember. I came across this site looking for advice on finding and refurbishing a 24’-28’ cruiser for overnight trips to the islands.
I’ll cruse on over to the Construction, Maintenance & Refit forum to see what kind of advice I can get.
When you say "Central Coast" and then "overnight to the islands" where exactly do you mean? There's a huge difference between hopping over from Channel Islands harbor or even Santa Barbara (where we are) and dropping down from Morro Bay.
If you're down in Ventura or Channel Islands harbor, just close your eyes, point at random, then open them. Odds are you'll be pointing at something for sale
that suits you. We went with a Catalina 30
after a lot of research
because it offered the most for the dollar. Ventura is funny
because they don't allow "for sale" signs, so they've adopted the convention of flying a yellow happy face flag to indicate a boat for sale
. We bought ours out of Channel Islands harbor (I was working in the harbor at the time), and it was one of eight of her sisters for sale
in CI alone.
What's your price
range? I rather make a hobby out of looking at boats, and have been keeping an eye on a couple that I like.