Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
Aloha and welcome aboard!
There are lots of possibilities. If you tell us your requirements we might be able to guide you in the right direction. Check out the links after my signature and the book recommendation.
Alrighty, let me elaborate for you what I'm looking for.
1. Boat must be wind
powered as I could never afford to fuel
2. I'm looking for something that's small enough to single
hand, but that my Lab and I could happily skip across the Atlantic with after I've acquired enough experience.
3. Something that will be somewhat forgiving to a newbie with limited experience
4. I really prefer fixed keels to swing/removable keels, but I found a couple O'Day 28s with swing keels that need some deck
work for pretty cheap
5. I don't mind doing some work on the boat, since I know that in my price
bracket, work will be required.
6. The upfront costs need to be affordable to a college guy. I know running costs will vary, but I'm looking at boats <$20k (hopefully much less).
This boat shall serve as my primary residence for my last semester at college since I'll be going to school
in Sault Saint Marie (LSSU). Time frame for buying
the boat is within 16 months
. After I get it, I plan on taking it out daily to hone my (lacking) skills.
I hope this makes some sense, if you need more pointed information, please ask! I'd like to make the right purchase
the first time without sounding like the stereotypical person who wants all the answers without any brain work.