Here's the deal: I'm getting on a plane early tomorrow morning to fly South and spend a couple of days contemplating the purchase
of my first "Big Boat." I have a 26' daysalor and a beach cat that I sail very often and have done some crusing on larger boat in the PNW.
The boat I'm looking at is a 1975 heavier displacement
full keel ketch
. Between CF, other internet
sources, personal contacts etc. I feel I've done a thorough job of researching. I've recieved very practical advice from folks that really know their stuff. A few high points:
Boats won't be as Fun when the wind
-Ketches are expensive to maintain and won't point as well.
-Don't jump in an buy a big boat! Lots of people that buy big boats never use them. You're young....buy a smaller boat and work your way into the crusing lifestyle.
-Don't buy an old boat! with the sam money
buy newer (thus smaller).
Here lies the issue: I still want the boat! (or a boat like it). I feel like I'm being the stereotypical "newbie" that wants to buy the biggest and stoutest boat they can afford only to have their dreams shattered by a lack of actually usiung the boat, overwhelming repair and maintenance
, and frustratingly motoring in light winds while lighter fin keel sloops sail.
I understand the logic of getting the horse before the cart, but am I totallly silly? I understand that the above analysis likely pertiains to the majority of the population however:
-I anticipate having the time to actually use the boat with time become mroe and more4 available as time goes on.
-I anticipate ocean passages in the future.
-My personality is such that if I buy a smaller boat, I will no doubt want to upgrade to a larger boat within 5 years (thus losing any money
I sink boat that must be sold).
-I like the concept
of an older hand laid hull
that I can "invest" money into and feel good about having a good foundation and perhaps never outgrow the boat. I am 29 so it's not like I have to "go now" (although I anticipate using the boat immediatley). If I were truning 60 and retiring next year, my approach may be different.....perhaps not want to deal with any upgrading/repairs.
-There's the sixth sesne as well.....a romance that goes with wanting the type of boat I am pursuing. You can't measure by how light of wind
you can sail in, how the baot turn on a dime, or how "brand new" the rigging
I really do want to heed the advice of those that have the knowledge! I've seriously flipped flopped my tastes a few times over that last couple years and seriosuly taken to heart all advice recieved. So what's the worst thing that could happen? I live and learn? What's the best thing that can happen? I sure would like to explore the answer to that one.
Any last words before I pull the trigger?