Although I'm new here, this is some of the info I had given to Anne -- especially after listening to y'all and recently going thru the looking stage--(May I add that we need a sticky on 'best ways to shop for a boat?") perhaps this may help others:
"At first Ed wanted the 'perfect boat' lots of wood, lots of style and first class all the way. The longer we looked, the harder it got. We had to stop and rethink just what we were buying--someone else's mistakes
or usless junk? As you know a lot of the boat builders are out of business and they don't make boats the way the used to. I'm sure you heard the term 'production boats', this applies to groups like Hunters, Irwins, Catalina's and more. (I don't mean to offend anyone)
They didn't make the boat for the owners anymore, just for the money
came up with these rules:
-why pay for space we aren't living in? (Did you know the cut off is about 36-45' LOA
for slips, not just here but around the world?) In St. Aug we were lucky to find a marina @ $9/ft plus $50 electric
--most are $15/ft mo plus.
enough to get us out of a spot in bad seas or swift current
? It takes a lot of hp to turn a big boat around.
Everything gets fixed on a boat, tech changes constantly and warranties seldom transfer. We saw so much shoddy workmanship, Ed would rather know about and do everything himself-some electrical
No wood on deck
if over 39' there's enough work to do!
Must have private master cabin
with pullman or queen berth and room! (especially if you entertain alot)
Kitchen out of traffic yet close to cockpit
. Must at least have good bones. (You won't believe how much termite and rodent damage we saw--who knew?)
5 ft min for Europe's canals and island hopping!
-The best thing we discovered-
is that a lot of boats were in the same marina regardless of what they say in the ad, check out the broker sites and see what boats they show. Ask specifically where
the boats are, ie: home, marina, yard. Also, most brokers have their offices at marinas
, like 1 per!
our list with at least 30 boats to see on Florida' east coast
. We set up 3 major areas to shop with at least 6 different brokers! Then we kept in touch by cell and GPS--whew!
-On the hard
--(before the snowbirds come down) we found an amazing storage
yard in Indiantown, FL. there must have been 300 boats! (Actually there were 500+
) We could not believe so many on our list were there instead of Miami
or wherever the ad said! This place was not even near the water
, but stored boats for $100/mo, boy if we had only known...
-No project boat
-it must be ready to sail
In other words, there is NO PERFECT BOAT!